Denazification Press Release

This press release by the U.S. Military Government gives a statistical account of the denazification processes. It provides figures of all removals, demotions and exclusions of Nazis from public and private service. It makes a reference to the Fragebogen, questionnaires that “persons of interest” had to fill out. 18 February 1946 Box 47, Folder 3,…

Law for Liberation from National Socialism and Militarism

The Law for Political Liberation from National Socialism and Militarism (effective March 1, 1946) was crucial for classifying and punishing Nazi criminals. It categorized the different levels of membership within the Nazi party and legislated how criminal proceedings would be processed, including measures for sanctions, reparations, and appeals. 16 Feb. 1946, effective 1 Mar. 1946…

OMGUS Denazification Report

This report tracks the progress and effectiveness of denazification from December 1945 to May 1946. It also contains charts with statistics about denazification and the Fragebogen. March – April 1946. Box 47, Folder 2, Karl Loewenstein Collection, Amherst College Archives & Special Collections.  …

Preliminary Report on Denazification

In this article, Karl Loewenstein discusses the concept of collective guilt and the lack of accountability that German people felt for Nazi crimes. December 20, 1945 Box 46, Folder 1, Karl Loewenstein Collection, Amherst College Archives & Special Collections….

Letter to Dr. Richard Alexander

Karl Loewenstein wrote this letter to Dr. Richard Thomas Alexander, an American educator and scholar of pedagogy. The letter detailed how “democracy-resistant” forces were retaking Munich Law School. To Loewenstein, the scandalous re-admittance of former Nazi supporters as faculty was an indication of the failure of denazification. May 26, 1946 Box 46, Folder 44, Karl…