By Debra J. Allen
While the USA and its global warfare II allies met on the Potsdam convention to provisionally determine the Oder-Neisse line as Poland's western border and to recognize the elimination of Germans from the world, they created a arguable chilly conflict factor that may no longer be resolved till 1990. American coverage makers all through these a long time studied and analyzed fabrics and reviews to figure out even if the border may be adjusted or famous to advertise the health of Europe and the us. this can be the 1st examine to hide the complete historical past of the Oder-Niesse line and its influence on U.S. family members with Poland and the Federal Republic of Germany, in addition to its household implications, in the course of the chilly struggle years. As with many diplomatic questions, the nation division didn't have the posh of addressing this factor in a vacuum. as an alternative, the international coverage paperwork needed to hold its specialise in the border factor whereas scrutinizing Soviet phrases and activities concerning its satellites in East Germany and Poland, and to handle participants of Congress and the general public (including numerous teams of Polish americans) who sought after particular, yet frequently differing, activities taken in recognize to the border. This paintings finds how the diplomats and coverage makers dealt with such inner clash, the occasionally skewed perceptions of the United States held by way of Europeans, and the way the nation division interacted with the general public.