Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Comments on the Morgenthau Plan

Comments by Authors
Diana West author of American Betrayal: “John Dietrich is the author of The Morgenthau Plan: Soviet Influence on American Postwar Policy, a book I found invaluable to my research for American Betrayal.”

James Bacque author of Crimes and Mercies and Other Losses, commented in 2001: "The important subject of American policy toward Germany 1944-1949 you have researched carefully, and have understood.  You have used your quotes well and accurately, and in general done a fine historical job.  It is a startling, important book which I hope will rattle the bones of the comfortable court historians of the USA, such as Stephen Ambrose, who have spent their careers shading and evading the truth that the world and their students deserve, and do not get.”

Patrick Buchanan responded on August 15, 2002: “Given my own new book to write, the new daily TV show, the column, and a new magazine launch, have not had much time for books.  But I did read yours on the Morgenthau Plan.  It was excellent and informative.  You did yoeman work in presenting a forgotten slice of history.  You will probably catch hell for digging up the truth, but you have served well the cause of truth.”

John Koster author of Operation Snow: “This is a serious and important book.  The writing is very good and the research is superb.”

Books that cite The Morgenthau Plan
Diana West author of American Betrayal: "John Dietrich, who gathered these and more observations of the plan's war-prolonging impact in his devastating 2002 book, TMP, writes: ‘There is no way of calculating the number of American servicemen who lost their lives as a result of this policy.’”  p. 299

R. Bruce Craig author of Treasonable Doubt:  "(The Morgenthau Plan) is scarce in original research but rich in interpretation based on flawed assumptions." p. 346 "For a cogent summary of the differences between the Americans and British, see Dietrich." p. 351 "For a chronological assessment of the discussions with Churchill, see Dietrich." p.352

Laurence Rees author of WWII Behind Closed Doors: "The use of the word 'pastoral' - which became infamous - was probably intended to suggest 'an idealized view of agricultural life' and thus 'give a rose-tinted view of the plan's drastic implications'” (p. 304) “the view expressed by John Dietrich in his The Morgenthau Plan,” pp. 54-6 p. 425

Benn Steil author of The Battle of Bretton Woods: "Former U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency official John Dietrich quotes Morgenthau's son to the effect that the ‘so-called Morgenthau Plan seems to have been conceived in the mind of Harry Dexter White.’” p. 268

Reconstructing Conflict: Integrating War and Post-War Geographies
edited by Dr Scott Kirsch, Dr Colin Flint
Mapping Intelligence: American Geographers and the Office of Strategic Services – Trevor Barnes and Jeremy Crampton
“Partition was only part of a larger, far more controversial plan for the future state of Germany known as the Morgenthau Plan.  Developed during 1944 by Morgenthau it remains controversial even today.  John Dietrich gives a stark assessment: ‘the plan was designed to completely destroy German economy, enslave millions of her citizens, and exterminate as many as 20 million people’ (Dietrich 2002: 3) This admittedly revisionist argument nevertheless points to the radical nature of this plan, a version of which was signed at the Quebec.” OCTAGON Conference by Roosevelt and Churchill in September 1944. p. 237

Nicolas Lewkowicz author of The German Question and the Origins of the Cold War: “Dietrich, J., The Morgenthau Plan: Soviet Influence on American Postwar Policy, p. 12.  Dietrich argues that the genesis of the MP reflect a sweep of sympathy towards the Soviet war effort of which US officials and American public opinion were not exempt.” p.21  fn

On Strategy: Integration of DIME in the Twenty-first Century
by Lieutenant Colonel John G. Krenson United States Army

William & Mary Law Review
Volume 56 | Issue 1
Incapacitating the State Daryl J. Levinson
Repository Citation
Daryl J. Levinson, Incapacitating the State, 56 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 181 (2014), http://scholarship.law.wm.edu/wmlr/vol56/iss1/5
24. As Winston Churchill would describe the basic thrust, Germany was to be changed “into a country primarily agricultural and pastoral in its character.” See JOHN DIETRICH, THE MORGENTHAU PLAN 64 (2d ed. 2013).

Publishers Weekly
In the Aftermath of War "The plan was designed to completely destroy the German economy, enslave millions of her citizens, and exterminate as many as 20 million people"": John Dietrich, who served six years in the Defense Intelligence Agency, takes a hard, revisionist look at American policy toward Germany after WWII in The Morgenthau Plan: Soviet Influence on American Postwar Policy. Charting its origins, development and brief implementation, the author argues that the secretary of the treasury's plan for the demilitarization of Germany ""thoroughly reflected"" Roosevelt's opinions on postwar strategy (and that the president may have bribed Churchill to sign off on it); that the Soviet Union was the plan's sole beneficiary; and that the plan had far greater effects than anyone involved cared to admit. (July 15)

Radio Interviews
June 4, 2012 - BBC Radio 4, Things We Forgot to Remember
Morgenthau Plan and post-war Germany
Series 8 Episode 2 of 4

January 8, 2014 - Secure Freedom Radio Podcast
Interview with Diana West


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