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(June 1951)

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Washington Report
Co-Determination
In a article in its April 30 issue, the New Republic
pointed out that the German labor movement would soon
begin testing an interesting new variant of socialism,
dco-letermination" - an ingenious middle-ground be-
tween free enterprise and nationalization.
Essentially, the article continued, adoption of "co-
lttermination" means that Germany is developing a
m tidle position in Europe, between British socialism and
ith free enterprise of France. This is definitely in line
with American objectives, although the National Asso-
c [ition of Manufacturers had warned Germans that such
a policy would "discourage American investment."
But the Germans are betting on encouraging German
democracy.
Preparation for Tomorrow
Pi pamphlet, "Preparation for Tomorrow: A German
Boy's Year in America," issued recently by the US De-
po[lmnent of State, tells the story of a 17-year-old German
youth's year in America under the Department's exchange
puiogram for German boys and girls of secondary school
cue. This illustrated pamphlet describes Ernst Taucher's
family background, how the opportunity to go to the
United States came to him, his journey, his introduction
to American life in an Indiana farming community, his
exptriences as a momber of a hospitable midwestern
ftinily, as a student in the high school, and as sharer
il the everyday life of a small town. Finally, it describes
the conflicting emotions with which Ernst uproots himself
froun his new life and returns to Germany.
Linst's experiences, special and extraordinary as they
seemed to him, are common to the 576 German youngsters
wtio have had or are now having a chance to learn what
democracy is by living with it for a year under American
conditions.*
t-he exchange program for Germany's teen-age boys
aod girls, as conducted by the State Department's Office
of f-ducational Exchange with the cooperation of various
relitious and civic organizations, is designed to give some
of Germany's most promising young people practical
tlirainng in democratic procedures and living. Ernst speaks
ot hos American experience as "the most wonderful year
of miy life." The Department and the increasing number
of Americans who have come to know the young visitors
ftrn Germany take the position that the teen-ager ex-
cln moge program is a sensible and typically American
Wtvy of helping Germany to develop sound leadership.
I his publication is on sale by the Superintendent of
Documients, US Government Printing Office, Washington
* For similar shorter accounts, see recent issues of the Informa-
tito Bulletin, especially "America is Dilfferent" (Sept. 1950),
"The
Ex(hangees Say" (Oct. 1950), "Young Farmers Return" (May 1951).
3ItNE 1951
25, D.C. "Preparation for Tomorrow: A German Boy's
Year in America" sells for 25 cents. - from Department
of State Bulletin.
Revival of Nazism
The Philadelphia Inquirer, in an editorial May 8, com-
mented that "the problem of reviving Nazism has become
a pressing one that can no longer be dismissed as in-
substantial" in commenting on the recent election results
in Austria and Lower Saxony. The editorial said in part:
"A bright feature of the two elections was the con-
tinued poor showing of the Communists who polled only
five percent of the vote in Austria and less than two
percent in Lower Saxony.
"But there is little comfort to be gained from a decline
of the extreme left if it is accompanied by corresponding
upsurges in the extreme right, Many Austrian and Ger-
man voters no doubt expressed their dissatisfaction with
present regimes by going farther right. But the hard core
of Nazism remains in both countries and any signs of
its expansion are disquieting and bear careful watching."
Radio Free Europe Inaugurated
The inauguration May 1 of the new station of Radio
Free Europe near Munich, beaming its powerful voice
directly toward the Czechoslovak people, brought editori-
al praise from American newspapers which pointed out
that this station was made possible by the voluntary con-
tributions of the American people.
Saying "The Communist rulers of Czechoslovakia, who
have troubles enough already, aren't going to like the
new radio program ttat 16,000,000 Americans are going
to give the Czech people as a present," the Denver Post
concluded:
"Denver and Colorado people contributed generously
to this enterprise. They may now take satisfaction from
the knowledge that their dimes and dollars are working
for freedom, by drowning Communism's big lies with
the clear voice of truth."      (Con tinued on next page)
Officers and enlisted personnel of the Women's Army
Corps are shown on arrival at Bremerhaven, ready to de-
bark for assignment to posts in the US Zone. (US Army photo)
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