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The Perils of Peace: The Public Health Crisis in Occupied Germany

Jessica Reinisch


When the war was over in 1945, Germany was a country with no government, little functioning infrastructure, millions of refugees and homeless people, and huge foreign armies living largely off the land. Large parts of the country were covered in rubble, with no clean drinking water, electricity, or gas. Hospitals overflowed with patients, but were short of beds, medicines, and medical personnel. In these conditions, the potential for epidemics and public health disasters was severe. This is a study of how the four occupiers—Britain, France, the Soviet Union, and the United States—attempted to ... More

Keywords: Post-war, occupation, Allied armies, public health, reconstruction, denazification, public health

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199660797
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660797.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessica Reinisch, author
Senior Lecturer in European History, Birkbeck College, University of London