GERMANY: Crackdowns

Crackdown followed Allied crackdown as the Allies turned the screws on Germany.

In the Russian-occupied zone, eastern Europe's sweeping Communist-sponsored land reform hit the big landowning Junker, and that stiff-necked class that had long been one of the world's worst curses stood in imminent danger of dissolution. Saxony took the lead. There the Provincial Government issued a decree: all Junker estates of more than 100 hectares (250 acres) were expropriated.

Confiscated also was all land owned by the Nazi Party, active Nazis, war criminals, Reichstag deputies under Hitler. Three days later Brandenburg and Mecklenburg followed suit. The land would be divided among...

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