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OMGUS letter to the Land Military Governors, U.S. Zone, subject: expediting completion of Denazification trials in the U.S. Zone, 27 March 1948, pp. 160-162 PDF (1.0 MB)
DENAZIFICATION ARM s OFFICE OF MILITARY GOVERIMENT FOR GE3LANY (US) Office of the Military Governor Berlin, Germany APO 742 AG 383 (CA) 27 March 1948 SUBJEOT: Expediting Completion of Denazification Trials in the US Zone TO Directors, Office of Military Governmmt for Bavaria Office of Military Government for Hesse Office of Military Government for Wuerttemberg-Baden Office of Military Government for Bremen Office of Militar," r-overent for Berlin Sector* *For information on.Ly 1. PURPOSE: It is the purpose of this directive to establish policy and procedures for Mili- tary Governmemat and German denazification agencies for the acceleration of the comple- tion of denazification trials in the US Zone. It is essential from the standpoint of Military Government objectives in Germany that this program be finished rapidly. 2. Military Government has approved the attached ameadments to the Law for Liberation, proposed by the Laenderrat, which give complete discretion to Public Pros.- ecutors in irstituting charges in those cases not yet tried. You will inform slh- ordinate offices of Military Government of the attached amendments and the contents of this directive, authorizing them to deliver copies of the amendments to the Public Prosecutors in their jurisdiction. 3. You will direct Liaiscn and Security Offices, assisted by Land Denazification officers to contact Public Prosecutors and Tribunals locally to explain and interpret the attached amendments and to-offer continuing advice, guidance and direct assistance in the selection of the relatively few heavily incriminated oases to be tried formally and the disposition of the remainder under expedited procedure. 4. You will direct your Denazification Division and the Land Liaison and Secure ity Offices under your jurisdictionoto make available imnediately on a loan basis to the Ministries and to the local tribunals the indigenous personnel of Special Branch Offices, including their office space and equipment, particularly to assist the German donazification agencies in the clerical and administrative work of their offices during the period until 1 MaLy 1948. 5. You will relieve the personnel of your Denazificati aa Division and all quali. fied Liaison and Security officers of all other duties until 1 May 1948, to enable them to provide continuous and personal assistance to the German denazification agencies at every level in expediting the completion of denazification trials. 6. The following cables and 1 etter establishing Military Government controls on the denazification program are hereby rescindedr a. Cable No V-10409, this headquarters, 15 November 1946; b* Par 4, Cable No V-12966, this headquarters, 17 January 1947; c. Cable No V-13930, this headquarters, 7 February 1947; d. Letter, this headquarters, "Arrest by German Police of Members of Organiza- tions Found Criminal. by the International Military Tribunal," AG 250.3 (IA 9 July 1947). APRIL 1948 - 160 -
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