Of course what Dermer said was rubbish. My dad was in the British occupation force in Germany. That occupation lasted, I believe, 6 years total, ditto the Japanese one. Both were conducted under the long-developed principles of customary international law which were then (re-)codified in the 1949 Geneva Conventions. Some of these principles included *not moving citizens of your own country into the occupied area*, impacting the life, economy, and customs of the residents of the occupied areas as little as possible, etc.
By the ways, some of the key provisions of the 4th Geneva Convention (which governs how a foreign military power occupying another country’s territory) were introduced precisely i response to the practices the Nazis had used in the vast areas of Europe they occupied. That included, crucially, the prohibition on moving your own citizenry into the occupied territory.
My dad was horrified when he saw at first hand what the Israelis were doing in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
Once I was talking about the occupations of Germany and Japan with my (sadly long deceased) friend Murray Gart, a big-time Ti me mag journo. I mused on the fact (as imbibed from my dad) that there could be such a thing as a “good” occupation. He replied, “Don’t believe a word of it, kiddo. Our occupation in Germany was also pretty brutal. I was there.” In many ways, he was doubtless right. But the victorious Allies realized they needed to bring the occupations to an end as early as possible.
Dermer defames the memory of all who fought against the Nazis.