Benign occupations : the Allied occupation of Germany and the international law of occupation
Peter M. R. Stirk
Transforming occupation in the Western zones of Germany : politics, everyday life and social interactions, 1945-55
London [etc.] : Bloomsbury Academic, 2018
This chapter seeks to show the extent to which the making of international law has been influenced by the supposedly "benign" post-war occupations of Germany by the three Western Allies - the United States, Britain and France. More precisely, it focuses upon how during the occupation and the negotiations of the Geneva Convention in 1949 the Western Allies struggled to bring their interests and practices as occupiers within the scope of international law. Three areas or practices stood out as significant in the experiences of both occupiers and occupied during the military occupation of Germany: the taking and execution of hostages, the provision of food, and regime transformation.