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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.

Law for liberation from National Socialism and Militarism (German legislation), 5 March 1946, as amended and annotated,   pp. 52-97 PDF (13.5 MB)

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the NSDAP, obtained an office or a position or was
preferentially promoted therein;
(2) Anyone who received substantial donations from  the
NSDAP, its formations or affiliated organizations;
(3) Anyone who, at the expense of those persecuted for
political, religious or racial reasons, directly or indirectly
gained or strove for excessive advantages for himself
or others, especially in connection with expropriations,
forced sales or similar dealings;
(4) Anyone who in armament or war transactions made
profits which were manifestly disproportionate to the
services rendered;
(5) Anyone who unjustly enriched himself in connection
with the administration of formerly occupied territories;
(6) Anyone who, an adherent to National Socialism, escaped
from military service or combat duty by exploiting his
personal or political connections or by joining the
Until rebuttal anyone who is listed under Class II of the list
attached to this Law is deemed to be an Offender (Activist,
Militarist or Profiteer).
Lesser Offenders (Probationers)
I. A Lesser Offender is:
(1) Anyone who would otherwise belong to the group of
Offenders who, however, because of special circumstances
(Article 39-II) merits milder consideration and who,
because of his character may be expected, after he has
proved himself in a period of probation, to fulfill his
duties as a citizen of a peaceful, democratic state
(2) Anyone who would otherwise belong to the group of
Followers but who, because of his conduct and character,
should first have to prove himself.
II. The probationary period shall be at least two years and, as
a rule, not more than three years. The group to which the
person concerned will be finally assigned will depend upon
his conduct during the period of probation (Article 42).
III. A Lesser Offender in particular is:
(1) Anyone born after 1 January 1919 who is not a Major
Offender but appears to be an Offender, without how-
ever having manifested despicable or brutal conduct and
Who because of his character may be expected to prove
(2) Anyone not a Major Offender who appears to be an
Offender but who, at an early stage, turned away from
National Socialism and its methods unqualifiedly and
APRIL 1948
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