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Five Months in Berlin

Letters of Edgar N. Johnson from Occupied Germany

Edited by: Werner Breunig and Jürgen Wetzel

A panorama of life in occupied Berlin

In 1946, Edgar N. Johnson, later Professor of European History at the University of Nebraska, served as a political advisor for the American military government in Berlin. In diary-like letters, he described his meetings with important actors in American occupation politics such as General Lucius D. Clay, many representatives of the other occupying powers, and leading German political and cultural figures.

  • Published letters of an American historian who witnessed the occupation and reconstruction of Berlin between March and August 1946
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    Werner Breunig and Jürgen Wetzel, Landesarchiv Berlin.

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    Audience: Contemporary historians and the general public interested in the German post-war era/ occupation period.