740.00119 (Potsdam)/5–2446

No. 393
Department of State Memorandum 1
top secret

Draft Agreement on Treatment of Germany in the Initial Control Period

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4. War criminals and those who have participated in planning or carrying out Nazi enterprises involving or resulting in atrocities or war crimes shall be arrested, with a view to their ultimate disposal.3 [Page 575] Nazi leaders and influential Nazi supporters and any other persons dangerous to the occupation or its objectives shall be arrested and interned.

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  1. Appendix A to annex 2 to the attachment to document No. 177.
  2. For the full text of this draft agreement, which constitutes a part of the Briefing Book paper on Germany, see appendix A to document No. 327.
  3. A manuscript change by Byrnes substitutes “and prosecuted to final judgment” for the last seven words of this sentence. In Matthews’ copy of the Briefing Book the words “and brought to judgment” are substituted for the same seven words.