Cook, Alice Hanson / Workers' education in the U.S. Zone of Germany
Werts, Leo R.
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FOREBiORD Labor unions in Genrwnly can contribute much to the process of dIe.ocratic reorientation which is one of the basic objectives of the occup'ction. Their lov tion to :iemocracy and international understanling prior to 1933 is but 3ne reason for believing that organized labor in Germany e.ay b;. expected to ft'ollow the same path. The German trade unions have learned through bitter eor ri.nca that their organizations can truly fulfill the inter sts of t'.s warkin3 population only within a zdemocratic framework. They als. posSCos., at leanst in Y'VUestern Germany and emon, the democratic trade unions of Borlin, a dtAeination to withstand totalitarian onc1aughmts re~ar'Ucss of tha Air, ction from which they !aay comre. In order to succeed in their efforts ts restore a livin: f.aith in the values of democracy, the German trade unions m.last develop in thair mJelimber- shiD as well as in their leadership a keen undc5rstn 'ling, of the rile of organized labor in a deiacratic sDciety. The hum.lan resources regu:.red fir the accomplishment of this mission awere geatly iampove3rished durinar the Nazi raiame when i-aany of the formaer trade union lealers were ext riainarrud and whon an entire LYener.atiDn was raised in iLaortaace of :>enuine labor orgtan- ization. Ger man trade union leaders, who are vi911 awnre of the urarent need to) make, up these losses, are therefore devoting much attention to labor 0 Jaucation. The study prepared by Ibrs. Cook was undertaken at a ti;do when the initial efforts were beinmg mauae in the reastablish-uent of labor e.'aation. It is a credit to the German trade unions that *Labor educ.tion ha, ma-e so;me proress in the period since the report was written. virs , C'O_ : ' Sotly represents an imporsant contribution to an underst-ndinf- of -tLe be .-,rd and th trends of thou-ght which hlave nande possible thess later dev.el ,nts. * _; f , ,,2 LEO P1 1RJL'S Di r.rn<> t+7. -Ij.npower Division
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