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Documents on Germany, 1944-1959 : background documents on Germany, 1944-1959, and a chronology of political developments affecting Berlin, 1945-1956

Declaration regarding the defeat of Germany and the assumption of supreme authority by the Allied Powers, June 5, 1945,   pp. 13-18 PDF (2.3 MB)

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DOCUMENTS ON GERMANY, 1944-59               17
installations and other forms of wire or wireless communications,
whether ashore or afloat, under German control, will cease transmis-
sion except as directed by the Allied Representatives.
The forces, ships, aircraft, military equipment, and other property
in Germany or in German control or service or at German disposal,
of any other country at war with any of the Allies, will be subject
to the provisions of this Declaration and of any proclamations, orders,
ordinances or instructions issued thereunder.
(a) The principal Nazi leaders as specified by the Allied Repre-
sentatives, and all persons from time to time named or designated
by rank, office or employment by the Allied Representatives as being
suspected of having committed, ordered or abetted war crimes or
analogous offences, will be apprehended and surrendered to the Allied
(b) The same will apply in the case of any national of any of the
United Nations who is alleged to have committed an offence against
his national law, and who may at any time be named or designated
by rank, office or employment by the Allied Representatives.
(c) The German authorities and people will comply with any in-
structions given by the Allied Representatives for the apprehension
and surrender of such persons.
The Allied Representatives will station forces and civil agencies in
any or all parts of Germany as they may determine.
(a) In the exercise of the supreme authority with respect to Ger-
many assumed by the Governments of the United States of America,
the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the United Kingdom, and
the Provisional Government of the French Republic, the four Allied
Governments will take such steps, including the complete disarma-
nient and demilitarisation of Germany, as they deem requisite for
future peace and security.
(b) The Allied Representatives will impose on Germany additional
political, administrative, economic, financial, military and other re-
quirements arising from the complete defeat of Germany. The Al-
lied Representatives, or persons or agencies duly designated to act on
their authority, will issue proclamations, orders, ordinances and in-
structions for the purpose of laying down such additional require-
ients, and of giving effect to the other provisions of this Declaration.
All German authorities and the German people shall carry out un-
conditionally the requirements of the Allied Representatives, and
shall fully comply with all such proclamations, orders, ordinances and

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