Germany (territory Allied occupation, 1945-1955 : U.S. Zone). Office of Military Government. Civil Administration Division. / Denazification, cumulative review. Report, 1 April 1947-30 April 1948.
SHAEF directive, eradication of Nazism, November 1944, pp. 17-22 PDF (3.0 MB)
DENAZIFICATION ANNEX B SUPPLE HEADQUARTERS ALLIED FORCES OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF STAFF (Excerpt from "Handbook for Military Government in Germany.") CHAPTER II ERADICATION OF NAZISM Section I GENERAL 275. OBJECTIVES. It is the declared war aim of the United Nations to extirpate both mi and Militarism in Germany. Both of these forces are represented in, and closely interwoven with, the Army, the Government in war production and civil administration, and in the Party Organizations themselves. It will, therefore, be necessary to effect: (a) the destruction of the Nazi Party and its subsidiary non-military political organizations; (b) the demobilization and disbandment of the armed forces and of Nazi military and para-military formations; (c) the purging, re-organization and control of the police; (d) the dismissal of all active Nazis and ardent sympathizers of the Party and of all militarists and leading military figures from Government offices and from other positions of influence and trust; (e) the dismantling of super-centralized and typically Fascist agencies of government and of agencies for war mobilization and production. 276. The foregoing will be accomplished upon the basic principle that active Nazis or ardent Nazi sympathizers will, in no circumstances, be retained in office for purposes of administrative convenience or expediency; that the National Socialist Party and its subsidiary organizations will be dissolved with the single exception that the admin-iistrative machinery of certain dissolved organizations may be used where necessary to provide the essential functions of relief, health and sanitation, after the elimination of Nazi personnel and of discriminatory features in the administration of their services. 277. An essential step, complementary to the removal of Nazis from governmental positions and positions of influence, will be the internment of certain government and Party officials and members of police and para-military formations, whose presence at large might be a threat to the security of the Allied Forces or an impediment to the attainment of the objectives of Military Government in Germany. 278. R&SPONSIBILITIES. The dissolution of' the National Socialist Party and its subsidiary organizations is a responsibility of Counter Intelligence personnel assisted by Military Government Officers. The demobilization and disbandment of Nazi military and paramilitary formations is a responsibility of Military Camman- ders. The purge of the police and the removal of Nazis from the civil administra- tion of Germany is a responsibility of Military Government Officers in which they Will be assisted by Counter Intelligence personnel. Military Government Officers, assisted by Counter Intelligence personnel, will be responsible for ensuring that those placed in civil administrative posts and other positions of influence and authority are not Nazis or ardent Nazi sympathizers. The reorganization of all types of administrative agencies necessary for government is the responsibility APRIL 1948 - 17 -
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