Patricia Meehan is a historian and former BBC documentary producer. She is the author of A Strange Enemy People: Germans under the British, 1945–50. (October 2007)

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Cruel Allied Occupiers

After the Reich: The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation

by Giles MacDonogh
In the spring of 1945 Germany went down into chaos and defeat. In Germany itself, occupied by its enemies, slave labor, concentration camps, starvation, imprisonment without charge, and executions did not disappear with the Nazis. The revelations of the death camps, spread around the world in April 1945 by newsreel …