This wide-ranging and richly illustrated book deals exhaustively with a subject that many consider heretical: the legal issue of Germany's demands for a peace treaty and constitution as well as reparations and compensation for the German people. The author is a strong critic of the Federal Republic's standard response that the injustices perpetrated on the German people 'by foreign powers are rooted in injustices committed by the National Socialist regime', and consequently the Germans 'must abstain from making their own demands for compensation against these states'. Dr Nordbruch exposes the hypocrisy of such self-protective assertions. He concentrates on giving the reader unadulterated depictions of the premeditated mass atrocities connected with expulsion and deportation of German people, as well as the mass rape of German women and girls, and the Allied campaigns of methodical plunder throughout Germany. He does not omit the well-documented tortures and murders of millions of German civilians and prisoners of war in both East and West, and he devotes an entire chapter to the question of foreign workers in the Third Reich. This is compared with the historical facts about the question of German forced labourers. Nordbruch is the first author to document the actual extent of exploitation of German labour by the victorious powers, Bolshevistic as well as 'democratic'. After an extensive investigation of these issues, the author presents Germany's ethical and political grounds for claiming restitution. He provides a thorough explanation of the legal arguments supporting such compensation under international law. Bleeding Germany Dry is an accurate and hard-hitting revision of Nordbruch historical events that for over half a century have had a decisive influence on the policies of Berlin and Vienna.
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