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Office of Military Government for Germany (U.S.) Finance Division
Annex to the Report on the Investigation of the Deutsche Bank, March 1947, Copy 46 D.
Office of Military Government for Germany (U.S.), US Zone, 1947. Folio. [2] 51 leafs, 2pp. index of names, 7 leafs exhibit list and certification of reproduction with facsimile signature of Charles E. Bancroft, 293 leafs with facsimile reproductions of 137 exhibits. Original half black binder tape over paper covered boards with title pasted on spine and front cover. This rare document is based on a great number of important records which became accessible at the Deutsche Bank's Hamburg branch only after the end of WWII. For the first time, information is revealed on some rather unusual transactions which tend to incriminate the bank even further for its participation in spoliation and aryanization from 1933 to 1945*. Of particular interest is the description of the manner in which the Deutsche Bank, following the Munich agreement of 1938, grasped control of two outstanding Czech banking institutions: the Boehmische Unionbank and the Deutsche Agrar- und Industriebank. This work recounts the Deutsche Bank's participation in the "aryanization" of the German economy from 1932 to 1940, drawing on internal Deutsche Bank records as well as material seized by Allied troops after World War II. It shows how, as the Nazis began to rise to power, the bank reluctantly purged itself of Jewish directors, followed by Jewish employees, in response to state pressure. Later, the regime enlisted the bank employees' professional skills, domestic and foreign relationships, and financial muscle to eliminate Jewish control and ownership of German companies. The expropriation was conducted graduall … [Click Below for Full Description]
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