November 1944. World War Two is moving towards its close, and an Allied victory is assured. From Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF), a document is issued setting forth one of the major war aims of the United Nations - the de-Nazification of Germany.  

“It is the declared war aim of the United Nations to extirpate both Nazism and militarism in Germany”, reads the introductory paragraph. The document proceeds to set out the objectives, which in brief were to destroy the Nazi Party, its political organizations and government agencies; to purge  and re-organize  the police; and to dismiss from government offices and other positions of influence all active Nazis, their sympathizers and leading military figures.Very shortly after the end of the war, the program was set in train.  


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