To what extent was the failure of denazification in Germany 1945-48 a result of the apathy of the allies?

Historian article

By David Buxton, published 31st May 2003

To blame the failure of the denazification process in postwar Germany entirely on a vague and generalised concept such as apathy is simplistic and does not stand up to serious scrutiny. Denazification was one of the most ambitious attempts ever at provoking an artificial revolution; it is reasonable to assume that such a complex process should have complex causes for failure. One of these was apathy, in the form of allied indifference to the fate of Germany and ignorance of her past, but it was simply an exacerbating factor, which further complicated the more important factors of the post-war international...

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