Germany as a Permanent U.N. Security Council Member

In May 1945, after five and a half years of global war, the Allied nations occupied a devastated Germany. Although Japan’s surrender was four months away, and America still drafted plans for a seaborne invasion of the home islands, the war’s main antagonist was destroyed. The most infamous military in human history was disbanded, the concentration camps were emptied, and after Karl Dönitz’s Flensburg government was dismissed on May 23, the fascist administration was finally swept away.  For the first time since 1939, Germany was at peace. What followed was…