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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but coloured with unnecessary post-war prejudice, 8 July 2013
This review is from: Hitler's Gold: The Story of the Nazi War Loot (Paperback)
Professor Smith has done a credible amount of research, unearthing some quite fascinating and generally little known aspects of the economic struggle of Nazi Germany to finance her war effort - and Allied attempts at preventing this.

He writes authoritatively on what is clearly quite an involved and important topic, but his excessive sprinkling of the text with the word 'loot' in regard to the Nazis handling of 'acquired' assets is both prejudicial and largely unsupported by his own detailed research.

He readily admits the Germans were entitled under international law to the assets of their belligerents, conceding somewhat disingenuously with phrasing such as "continuing to cloak their gold looting with some semblance of legality....." or that "Despite foreign propaganda about Nazi tactics, the Germans were determined to pursue their own brand of legality even if it meant the loss of Polish gold." etc.

None of this should put the potential reader off. This is an important subject which finishes on an ironic note: The postwar 'ethical' dilemmas and the squabbling of the Allied victors dividing the spoils of their own 'looting' of Nazi Germany.
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