The Post-War Correspondance of "Militarverwaltungschef" Eggert Reeder (1948-1959)
Een antipolitieke "homo politicus" : de naoorlogse correspondentie van Militärverwaltungschef Eggert Reeder
Faculty of Arts. History
TIJDSCHRIFT VOOR NIEUWSTE GESCHIEDENIS
Belgisch tijdschrift voor nieuwste geschiedenis / Jan Dhondt Stichting. - Gent, 1969, currens
, p. 46-77
University of Antwerp
In the correspondance which former Militarverwaltungschef Eggert Reeder maintained after the Second World War with several of his close collaborators from the occupying administration in Belgium, he never expressed any regrets on the choices he made during the occupation. At the same time, he expressed his frustration with many actors in his proximity as well as in west-German society in general, who tried to cover up their ties with the former national-socialist regime in order to advance more quickly in the liberal-democratic and capitalist German Federal Republic. However, he never showed any kind of nostalgia towards the Nazi-regime, which he labeled as too radical and perhaps also thought too populistic.Thus, his postwar stance did not seem to be determined by pragmatic 'careerism' neither by ideological sympathy for national-socialism. Rather, his correspondance reveals a man for whom serving a strong and homogeneous German state was the highest goal possible. From this perspective, one can detect a certain coherence as well as continuity in Reeder's political choices before and during WWII.