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Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 49 (July 1946)

German reactions,   p. 33 PDF (473.3 KB)

Page 33

Bavarian Press Discusses
Germany's Future Position
Recent editorial comment in the Bavarian
press featured speculation and commentaries
on the political and economic future of Ger-
many in relation to Europe and the world,
according to a survey by the Information
Control Division of OMG Bavaria.
Looking forward to the Paris conference
to start preliminary work on the problem of
what to do with Germany, newspapers
brought forth arguments and hopes in rela-
tion to Germany's future position. The Neue
Presse, Coburg, stated: The planning of
European economy is made easier, especially
because the war years developed a tendency
toward international economy.  It is hard
to believe that something which showed it's
successful application during the war should
be given up now. That it will be harder
to win the peace than the war must bring
with it the understanding that reorganization
of Germany can be only worked out col-
lectively and on a continental level."
Advising its readers not to expect leniency
or any particular benefits, the Passauer Neue
Presse, Passau, warns: "In the eyes of the
other nations, the war and bloody orgy
brought about by the Nazi regime has caused
feeling against the greatest part of the Ger-
man people, the consequences of which can
only be gradually changed.
The trials in Nuremburg, Mauthausen and
Dachau bring out again and again the hor-
rors in their real proportion.  Not being
forgotten is the fact that the other nations
made sacrifices in blood and material. Not
being forgotten, too, is the fact that the war,
conceived by German National Socialism,
impoverished also Englishmen, Russians and
Frenchmen, that the food problem therefore
is acute in their countries, and that they
would have to be supermen to forget what is
most responsible for it all."
German Dismemberment
In an editorial on foreign policy the Berlin
Neues Deutschland rejects Bidault's plan for
separation of the Rhineland and Saar and
Bevin's proposals "which also deal with the
dismemberment of German unity."
"France's plans," declares the paper,
"'would take away from Germany any pos-
sibility of living. The realization of these
plans would make it impossible for Germany
to live; that is to say, it would bring about
just that which was rejected in the Potsdam
Admitting France's need for security, the
paper claims it cannot be reached by splitting
up German soil. 'Only when the power is
given into the hands of the German people
and a real democratic regime is provided in
Germany will France find the security which
she can and must demand," states the SED
central organ.
Regarding Bevin's proposals the paper
said the British plans cannot be regarded as
a preventative measure against German ag-
gression, particularly when one realizes that
the war potential of the iron and steel
magnates is maintained.
Berlin Radio Comment
Information Control Division's public opi-
nion surveys came in for use by Radio Berlin
which cited one survey that showed 37% of
those questioned stating that Nazism was a
bad thing, whereas 53% found Nazism quite
good but thought it had been interpreted
"These 53%," charged the radio, "are those
who are afraid of their own responsibility
and of their own consciences . . . Even the
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