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The goals of the U.S.-led Safehaven program (as it came to be known because its goal was to deny any "safe haven" for Nazi-looting assets) were to block Germany from transferring assets to Switzerland and other neutral countries; to ensure that German wealth would be available for the reconstruction of Europe and for payment of reparations to the Allies; to enable properties looted by the nazi in occupied Europe to be returned to their owners; to prevent the escape of key Germany personnel to neutral havens; and, above all, to deny Germany the capacity to start another war. The records in the collection provide access to names, addresses, and alleged crimes of suspects; information on the capitalization, stockholders, and operations of suspect companies; records on suspiciously large currency exchanges or purchase requests; and evaluations of the effectiveness of laws in individual countries designed to confiscate and control Axis assets. Most of the records are dated 1945-1946.

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