1948 August 21

ACLU Official to Advise U.S. Government on German Occupation


ACLU General Counsel Arthur Garfield Hays sailed for Europe on this day to advise the U.S. Government on restoring civil liberties in Germany, which was then governed by the U.S. and three other World War II allies. Hays was invited by Gen. Lucius D. Clay, the American Military Governor for the American Zone in Occupied Germany. ACLU Executive Director Roger Baldwin planned to follow in about a month. For some of Hays’ civil liberties work, go to May 19, 1938, December 4, 1942, and April 8, 1943.

On March 17, 1947, General Douglas MacArthur invited Roger Baldwin to Japan to advise him on the new constitution for Japan.

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