Sunday, Sept. 24, 1944
The Nazis may have been fighting desperately but the Allies were already working on post-war planning. What to do about Hitler and Germany was the question for Allied leaders at the Second Quebec Conference in Quebec City. Enter The Morgenthau Plan named for Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau, Jr. The initial plan presented at the Conference on September 16 was harsh. It called for wide destruction of Germany’s industry. Instead, Germany would be become an agricultural and pastoral country. The plan also proposed Allied occupation of Germany and division of Germany into three sectors. The plan leaked to the public today is much modified at Churchill’s insistence and the military further softened the plan.