For a Kinder, Gentler Society
The Morgenthau Plan
Soviet Influence on American Postwar Policy
  • John Dietrich
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The Morgenthau Plan. Soviet Influence on American Postwar Policy
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The Morgenthau Plan, the Allies' post-war policy that preceded the Marshall Plan, devastated what remained of Germany after the war was officially over. Was this "economic idiocy" — or intentional destruction of a surrendered country?

A major criticism of the German population in the war years was that they claimed that they were not aware of the atrocities committed by their government. In mirror fashion, the chapters of this book chronicle events committed by the United States that should be commonly known but are not. Many of these events were and are even now denied by academics and professional historians who live in a free society.

The current work documents the drafting and implementation of the Morgenthau Plan, a plan that was designed to completely destroy the German economy, enslave millions of her citizens, and exterminate as many as 20 million people. John Dietrich demonstrates this through countless documented quotes from official sources.

What had changed by 1947, and why was the Morgenthau Plan finally rejected, swept under the carpet, and radically reversed?

Where are today's professional historians and why is this stunning episode in US postwar policy minimized or ignored?


About the Author

John Dietrich holds a Masters Degree in International Relations and is an expert on postwar conditions in Europe. Upon retiring from the US Army, he served in the Defense Intelligence Agency from 1985 until 1991; he is presently an Immigration Inspector.

About the Book

Contrary to what is often reported in history books, the Morgenthau Plan was a major element in postwar planning led by Washington, before the war was even over.

This book traces the roles played by Henry Morgenthau, Jr., Secretary of...


Contrary to what is often reported in history books, the Morgenthau Plan was a major element in postwar planning led by Washington, before the war was even over.

This book traces the roles played by Henry Morgenthau, Jr., Secretary of the Treasury to President Roosevelt, and his assistant Harry Dexter White, in the planning for the postwar world. Close attention is given to the discussions leading up to the Second Quebec Conference in 1944 where Winston Churchill's acceptance of the plan was obtained. It is clear that the effects of the policy were understood in advance.

The book follows the devastating consequences of the policies based on the plan and their contribution to the postwar collapse of the European economy. Damning evidence shows that the Allies intentionally brought starvation and disease to large civilian populations, while condemning millions of Germans to slave labor in neighboring countries and knowingly sending surrendered Russians to be sent back home for certain execution.

The motives of revisionist historians are suspect, as they should be. It is obvious that the conclusions that can be drawn from this account could be abused. They could be used to condemn all Americans for the policies of some of their leaders. They could also be used by people trying to justify the behavior of the National Socialists or by anti-Semites. However, it should be pointed out that the American people paid an extremely high price for their Secretary of Treasury’s interference in foreign affairs. It should also be pointed out that one of the severest critics of Western postwar policy was the Jewish publicist Victor Gollancz.

This account is based primarily on unclassified information that has been available to the public for decades. Although many accounts of the Morgenthau Plan accept the euphemisms, understatements and outright fabrications offered by the individuals concerned, this account will demonstrate that it was not impossible for a conscientious researcher to uncover a more accurate picture of the truth. However, most scholars have decided to accept at face value statements that on close inspection are obviously false. Some of these misstatements concerning the Morgenthau Plan are understandable. It is less understandable when a respected biographer like Robert E. Sherwood intentionally distorts the historical record.

The contradictions between what really happened and what Americans believe and have been told are manifold. It is ironic that Nazis who committed the most terrible crimes frequently received more humane treatment at the hands of the Allies than Germans who had opposed Nationalist Socialism. It is also striking to note the evidence that key individuals had Communist leanings, and it was the Soviet Union that benefited most from the Morgenthau Plan.

Many of the subjects dealt with in this manuscript are fertile ground for a researcher wanting to make a name for himself. They are nearly virgin territory. Why have so many of these subjects been treated as taboo? When will our historians feel free to explore the implications that America's progressive establishment was frequently in alignment with Communist goals?


Introduction

In an age of historical revisionism, there is one absolute: World War II was a “good war.” Yet there is a curious lack of critical interest in the period of history immediately following the Second World War. Inconsistencies and obvious falsehoods are accepted at face value...

This is an account that is contrary to the...

In an age of historical revisionism, there is one absolute: World War II was a “good war.” Yet there is a curious lack of critical interest in the period of history immediately following the Second World War. Inconsistencies and obvious falsehoods are accepted at face value...

This is an account that is contrary to the politically-correct progressive interpretation of events. Conventional accounts of Western postwar policies do occasionally mention the Morgenthau Plan. It is described as a plan developed in the Treasury Department, designed to de-industrialize or “pastoralize” the German nation. Existing accounts of the Morgenthau Plan are notable for their brevity: "an unfortunate but small chapter in American diplomatic history."

The Morgenthau Plan was not designed to “cripple” German industrial potential or to transform Germany into a “pastoral” state. This plan was designed to completely destroy the German economy, enslave millions of her citizens, and exterminate as many as 20 million people.

Dr. Ernest F. Fisher, Jr., a senior historian with the United States Army Center for Military History has stated,

The plans made at the highest levels of the U.S. and British governments in 1944 expressed a determination to destroy Germany as a world power once and for all by reducing her to a peasant economy, although this would mean the starvation of millions of civilians.

The present reexamination reaches some disturbing conclusions. It is an account of a twentieth century holocaust. Unfortunately, reports of mass murder and genocide in the twentieth century have not been uncommon, but this one is unique in that there is no clear historical record of its occurrence. Millions of people perished without mention or with little more than a footnote in some of the most detailed accounts of the history of the period. Reading this account can only lead the open-minded reader to the conclusion that the historical record has been grossly distorted. As James Bacque commented, “It is astonishing to encounter such a wholesale erasure of history.”



Year: 2013
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