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Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 56 (August 1946)

German reactions,   pp. 22-23 PDF (1.0 MB)

Page 22

The consistently strong interest in the
Nuremberg trials was increased in the
licensed newspapers in the US Zone with the
calling of new important witnesses against
the National Socialist organizations under
indictment, according to the analysis of the
press by the Office of Informajion Control,
OMGUS, for the week of 4-11 August.
The Frankfurter Rundschau in a lead
editorial said, "For the first time in the
modern history of mankind not only the mil-
lions of war victims must suffer, but this
time their responsible leaders, the war prov-
ocateurs, seized in the act of their injustice,
are caught in the meshes of the law. And
that is progress for the peoples as well as
for the civilization arising with the peace.
It cannot be over-estimated. For we have
no doubt that the Goerings, Schachts and
whoever else may be named, would have
considered their murderous policy and war
leadership more carefully if they had had
their own end before their eyes."
The Frankenpost (Hof), in an editorial
entitled "The Right of the Subordinate,"
declared, "Again the guilty try to hide be-
hind 'Orders from Above' . . . The justifica-
tion of the Nuremberg Trials . . . is that it
is once and for all establishing the right of the
subordinate to oppose and to strike against
injustice even when commanded, against
forced cooperation in sin and disgrace."
* * *
The Peace Conference in Paris was the
dominant theme in the press in the US Zone
during the week. News coverage was thor-
ough and well balanced, and the descrip-
tions of disagreements in conference discus-
sions were mostly confined to the matter-
of-fact DANA account.
Typical of the majority of editorial com-
ment was the lead article in the Badische
Neueste Nachrichten (Karlsruhe). It said in
part: "The Conference will bring the world,
however its results turn out in detail, a
little further along the road to peace. But
that a real pacification of Europe will be
attained must be doubted, since the peace
cannot rest alone on purely political founda-
tions but must be based on economic
grounds. And to assure this latter goal will
not be possible so long as the German
problem remains unsolved. The situation
would be clear and simple, if one of the
points of the Paris agenda were 'Peace
Treaty with Germany.' Germany is the in-
visible guest at the conference."
*    *    *
In a discussion of the draft of the press
law in the US Zone, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung
(Munich) said, "The new press law . . . will
undoubtedly afford much occasion for dis-
cussion. Its final form will shape the fate of
the future press and is a necessity for the
formation of our democratic state. The press
should not and does not wish to be un-
confined, but it must also not be confined in
its duty to find the truth and be an indepen-
dent and incorruptible mirror of the times."
The speech of the Deputy Military Gov-
ernor to the 11th Laenderrat conference in
Stuttgart was highlighted in the press
throughout the Zone. His statements on
economic unity and the amnesty for youth
were stressed. A majority of the newspapers
played up the comment on the role of the
free press, the calling by the Deputy Military
Governor of a press conference "as usual."
*    *    *
The press campaign against rumor-mongers
intensified, and was usually tied to the food

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