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Military government weekly information bulletin
No. 37 (April 1946)

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Higher Telephone and Telegraph Charges to Provide Greater Revenues
The Reichspost, once .among 'thie
wealthiest 'of the German government
agencies, now finds itself in the un-
enviable position which has so often been
the fate of public services - it is in the
red. From the day the occupation forces
took over the completely paralyzed trans-
portation and communications system of
defeated Germany, the Reichspost has
been losing money.
To help make the service self-support-
in the Control Council upped telephone
and telegraph rates beginning 1 April..
To lift the receiver from its hook will
now cost a German once and a half as
much as it did in 1939. Each word of
la local telegram will add 15 Reichspfen-
nigs to his bill instead iof 8, and of axd
inter-city wire 20 instead of 15. He will
pay double rates for urgent messages.
No telegram will cost him less than ten
times the rate for one word.
This -is not the first service for which
the Germans will have to dig deeper
'into their pockets to pull the Reichs-
post Rout of the red, since on 1 March
the Control Council doubled the price
of mailing a letter.
Bread - But No Beer
Because a post-war grain famine has
loomed up and many peoples of the world
are facing lean months ahead, OMGUS
has withdrawn the authorization for pro-
duction of beer for Germans. Beer was
authorized originally because it serves
as both a food and a national beverage.
But because 20 percent -of the food value
of grain is lost in the 'brewing process,
as compared with breadmaking, grains
to have been used for beer will now be
diverted entirely to use for food purposes.
Breweries will be permitted to use
malt stock already on hand, but there will
not be future allocations of grains for
the production of beer. The beer to be
made from remaining malt stock will be
rationed to heavy workers and farmers.
It is anticipated that this will provide
-an adequate -beer supply well into mid-
The civilian brewing program originally
authorized in the American Zone required
39,000 tons of barley which would pro-
duce about 25 percent of the 1931 con-
sumption,which was the lowestionrecord.
Locator Relocated
You've just found out that your best
GI friend is somewhere in the ETO, and
lof course you want to get in touch with
him. But if your request for information
go-es to the -old locator section (25th
Base Post Office), you'll never hear.
Send your request to Commanding Gen-
leral, . USFET, APO 757, US Army, At-
tention: Locator Section, AG Machine
Records Branch. They will find anybody
in the Army for you.
Solid Fuel Requirements
A new SOP ion "Determination of Re-
quirements, Allocations and Distribution
of Solid Fuels" was, issued by USFET on
1 April 1946 to replace that of 21 Dec 45.
The new SOP No. 74, Part 1, turns
over to the German Landerrat responsi-
bility for all physical distribution  of
these fuels and states that German civil
agencies will be used as required to
make the distribution. MG will retain
supervision to insure compliance with
its policies.

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