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The struggle for the files : the Western allies and the return of German archives after the Second World War / Astrid M. Eckert ; translated by Dona Geyer

Publication | Library Call Number: D735.A1 E45 2012
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"When American and British troops swept through the German Reich in the spring of 1945, they confiscated a broad range of government papers and archives. These records were subsequently used in war crimes trials and published under Allied auspices to document the German road to war. In 1949, the West Germans asked for the documents' return, considering the request one of the benchmarks of their new state sovereignty. This book traces the tangled history of the captured German records and the extended negotiations for their return to German custody. Based on meticulous research in British, American, and German archives, The Struggle for the Files highlights an overlooked aspect of early West German diplomacy and international relations. All participants were aware that the files constituted historical material essential to write German history, and at stake was nothing less than the power to interpret the recent German past"--Provided by publisher.

Publications of the German Historical Institute
Publications of the German Historical Institute.
Eckert, Astrid M.
Washington, D.C. : German Historical Institute ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012
Includes bibliographical references (p. 385 -416) and index
Includes bibliographical references and index
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