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Report on the Tripartite Conference of Berlin (Potsdam Agreement), 2 August 1945 (excerpt), pp. 39-41 PDF (879.4 KB)
DENAZIFICATION ANNEX E REPORT ON THE TRIPARTITE CtFERENCE OF RERLIN (Potsdam Agreement) 2 August 1946 (Excerpt) III. GENY The Allied armies are in occupation of the whole of Gei r and the German people have begun to atone for the to crimes committed under the leadership of those whom,o,- hour of their success, they openly approved and blindly obeyed. Agreement has been reached at this Conference on the political and economic principles of a coordinated Allied policy toward defeated Germany during the period of Allied control. The purpose of this agreement is to carry out the Crimea declaration on Germany. German miltarism and Nazism will be extirpated and the Allies will take in .agreegnent together, now and in the future, the other measures necessary to assure that Germany never again will tbwiaWn her neighbors or the peace of the world. It is not the intention of the Allies to destroy or enslave the German people. It ii the intention of the Allies that the German people be given the opportunity to prepare for the eventual re- construction of their life on a democratic a"d peaceful basis. It their own efforts are steadily directed to this end, it will be pos. sible for them in due course to take thqir place among the freq and peaceful peoples of the world. The text of the agreement is as follows: THE POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC PRINCIPLIES TO GOVERN THE TREATMENT OF GERMANY IN THE TIAL CONTROL PERIOD A. POLITICAL PRINCIPLES I. In accordance with the Agreement on Control Machinery in Germany, supreme authority in Germany is exercised, on in- structions from their respective Governments, by the Commanders- in-Chief of the armed forces of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and the French Republic, each in his own zone of occupation, and also jointly, in matters affecting Germany as a whole, in their capacity as members of the Control Council. 2. So far as is practicable, there shall be uniformity of treat- ment of the German population throughout Germany. 3. The purposes of the occupation of Germany by which the Control Council shall be guided are: I. The complete disarmament and demilitarization of Germany and the, elimination or control of all German industry that could be used for military production. To these ends: a) All German land, naval and air forces, the S.S., SA., S.D. and Gestapo, with all their organizations, staffs ahd institutions APRIL 1948 - 39 -
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