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The struggle for the files : the Western allies and the return of German archives after the Second World War

Author: Astrid M Eckert
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : German Historical Institute ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Series: Publications of the German Historical Institute.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st English edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Archives
History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Astrid M Eckert
ISBN: 9780521880183 0521880181
OCLC Number: 757931212
Language Note: Translated from the German.
Notes: Originally published 2004 as Kampf um die Akten: Die Westalliierten und die Rückgabe von deutschem Archivgut nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg.
Description: xv, 427 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: The confiscation of German documents, 1944-1949 --
The first German calls for restitution --
The positions of the United States and Britain --
Negotiation marathon --
Ad fontes: the captured documents and the writing of history.
Series Title: Publications of the German Historical Institute.
Responsibility: Astrid M. Eckert ; translated by Dona Geyer.
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This book traces the history of German records captured by American and British troops in 1945 and the negotiations for their return into German custody.  Read more...

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