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  1. Interesting. Was he just looking for an easy out or was he genuinely concerned that he could be prosecuted? We will never know.

    During both World Wars creditors of debtors resident in enemy territory were required to pay the debt to the Custodian of Enemy Property (who was the Public Trustee wearing another hat). After the First World War most of the money held by the Trustee was set off against debts owed by ex-enemy citizens to British subjects, although I have an idea that alimony (as it was then called) was excepted up to a certain low figure and eventually paid to the ex-wife.

    After the Second World War the money collected was eventually paid to the creditors at least if they were in the Western Zones, later West Germany. Some German women whose British (ex-)spouses had paid faithfully received substantial lump sums in 1949/50 when payment resumed. What happened to debts paid to the Trustee on behalf of creditors in the Soviet Zone, which Britain did not recognise as the amusing-called German Democratic Republic until 1972, I have no idea: does anyone know?

    • I was about to give you my answer to your first question, but I have now thought better of it. You might infer from that what my answer might have been; but inferences can be deceiving.

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