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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.
(1948)

SHAEF directive, eradication of Nazism, November 1944,   pp. 17-22 PDF (3.0 MB)


Page 17

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
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