Saturday, August 2, 2014

Occupation II.

This is coolbert:


From a Carlo D'Este book review:

"THE CONQUERORS Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction Of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945" By Michael Beschloss.

"Before relinquishing his post as U.S. occupation commander in October 1945, Dwight Eisenhower said, 'The success of this occupation can only be judged fifty years from now. If the Germans at that time have a stable, prosperous democracy, then we shall have succeeded.' More than 50 years later, we can see the Eisenhower's visionary aspiration is a reality. Modern-day Germany, writes Beschloss, 'resembles the Germany that Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman once imagined far more than either man could probably have ever dreamt.'"

Far more indeed!! And all for the better too!!

My understanding is that allied interrogators engaged in political dialog with those former German military officers of junior rank! Purposefully done with good intentions. Occupation not characterized by hate, mistreatment, brutality.

One of those interrogators possible including Henry [Heinz] Kissinger.

Native German speakers, quite often refugees, seeking to stimulate conversation as to the future of Germany. Germany redeemed, forgoing the fascist past and once again a member of western civilization in good standing. Democratic, capitalist, Christian. A free nation prosperous and stable! This was possible, so went the discussion.

Allied "visionary aspiration SUCCESSFUL!


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