TIL of the Morgenthau Plan, a post-WWII proposal for Germany by US Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau Jr. in which its arms and other industries would be destroyed, and the country would be partitioned. It was concluded to be unworkable and would result in 25 million Germans starving to death.

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  1. Started reading the speculative historical fiction *The Dog King*, by Christoph Ransmayr, which takes place in a Germany under the Morganthau Plan, and I got interested in learning more about the basis of the book (it’s not totally necessary to know more, I just enjoy revisionist historical fiction that’s off the beaten path of “what if the Nazis had won”). It’s dark, but vivid, creative, and insightful. Even just based on the first 60 pages or so, I highly recommend it for historical fiction readers, lovers of European literature (the author is Austrian, I’m reading a translation), and . . . well, readers in general.

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