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Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 86 (March 1947)

German reactions,   pp. 21-22 PDF (1.0 MB)


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Minister - President Reinhold Maier of
Wuerttemberg-Baden in a article in the
Fraenkische Nachrichten (Tauberbischofs-
heim) on the forthcoming peace treaty point-
ed out that Germany could not possibly have
a Moscow representative because she has no
central authority which could furnish a rep-
resentative. He wrote in part:
"It appears to be astonishing only at first
glance that no Germans have been invited to
the Moscow Conference. But when thinking
it over, it is logical that we are absent. For
the Allies meet in Moscow in order to arrive
at an agreement about us.
"Moreover, a truly authorized represent-
ative of the German side could not be found.
This is certainly not because the past two
years of occupation were not long enough to
develop the constitutional structure of Ger-
many to such an extent that a representative
office, capable of participating in the negotia-
tions, could have crystallized in that time.
"We have seen the year of elections -
1946 - in the American Zone: communal
elections, Kreistag elections, Land elections.
We know that this system could have been
further developed and progressed without
difficulties up to the establishment of a re-
sponsible democratic German central authori-
ty. But apparently it was not to be."
The Frankfurter Rundschau also discussed
the question of a proper "spokesman" for
Germany, and deplored lack of party agree-
ment:
"Each of us knows that the peace condi-
tions which will be provided for Germany
sooner or later will be hard, harder even than
those provided by the treaty of Versailles.
Every clear thinking person, however, must
realize that no peace would mean division
of Germany into several zones. In view of
embarked upon some kind of competition, as
to which of them could raise the best sound-
ing demands to the victors in the name of
the people."
Editor Carlebach criticized: "As long as
the representatives of the different parties in
the German Laender and Zones are not ca-
pable of sitting down at one table and draft a
common declaration on their opinions, dis-
regarding their individual wishes, nobody can
expect that the voice of this or that group
would be important enough to allay the dis-
trust that is again increasing abroad."
The Frankenpost (Hof) printed an edi-
torial by Dr. Wilhelm Hoegner on the SPD
position on the peace treaty. He declared:
"The guilt of Germany is greater, however,
for its failure to prevent the rise to power of
the Nazis. The obligations of the German
people (toward the world) must be restricted
to a reasonable degree. That means they must
leave the German people the possibility of
living on as a cultured people. They cannot
reduce them to the level of helots. They
will have to leave them the economic means
whereby they can not only support them-
selves but also contribute reparations . . .
The best protection for the Allies is to su-
pervise the production of goods, with which
we shall have to put up for a long time . . .
The most sensitive point in the future peace
negotiations is undoubtedly the demand for
separation of former purely German terri-
tories."
The Frankfurter Neue Presse examined the
various aspects of the Moscow discussions:
government, borders, reparations. The paper
expressed the prevailing opinion of the pos-
sible results:
"The participating powers and we who
follow the conference with secret concern but
with confidence know that the result of the
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