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Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 118 (November 1947)

Decision adopted on dismantling,   p. [8] PDF (677.3 KB)


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gether even one print of the French
Film "Wooden Crosses" which had
been barred from German screens by
order of Goebbels because of its anti-
war theme.
An immense amount of film was
turned in. Put together it measured
103,800,000 feet, weighed approximate-
ly 200,000 pounds, and if the rolls
had been placed one on top of the
other, they would have reached twice
the height of the Empire State build-
ing-the world's tallest-in New York
City. All this had to be carefully
viewed and evaluated scrupulously.
THE CATALOGING of the films
1was complicated by the fact that
many identifying labels had been torn
from cans and cartons, and many
reels were lost during transportation.
One celebrated old silent movie,
"Carlos and Elizabeth," which starred
Conrad Veith and Wilhelm Dieterle,
who is now a Hollywood director, was
pieced together from bits no longer
than 150 to 300 feet. Other silent pic-
tures which date back as far as 1903
and 1907, like the once famed "Gret-
chens Liebesabenteuer" or the first
Path6 Journal-a forerunner of pre-
sent day newsreels-can be referred
to in the archives of Bavaria Film-
kunst. Among the highlights of the
documentary collection are 700 news-
reels from all over the world.
Three objectives have been accom-
plished by seizure of the films and
their careful classification at the Ba-
varia Filmkunst. First, all films which
contained National Socialist propa-
ganda were instantly removed from
German screens, and the people could
no longer be infected by their artfully
presented doctrines. Second, the films
could be evaluated, and those of
historical importance preserved, re-
sulting in one of the really vital doc-
umentary collections in the world.
Finally, out of the entire collection of
film features, educational films, shorts,
and  fairy-tale  pictures, produced
prior to the end of the war, those
which contained no propaganda taint
were selected for showing in the
reopened German motion picture
theaters.
ONE OF THE VENTILATED bunkers
used for the storage of impounded
films.               (ICD OMGB)
A positive, constructive decision
regarding the problem of dismantling
the listed war and surplus industrial
plants for reparations from the Bi-
zonal Area and the tasks arising from
the carrying-out of this program was
adopted by the Bizonal Economic
Council at a special session in Frank-
furt on 29 October. The text of the
decision of the highest German eco-
nomic organization in the Bizonal
Area is as follows:
The US and British Military Gov-
ernments have published a final
dismantling list. They expressly in-
formed the Economic Council before-
hand that all decisions concerning
dismantling were reserved to Mili-
tary Government and that no official
discussions on the determination of
industrial capacity would take place
with any German authorities.
We acknowledge our duty to make
good the economic damage wrought
by National Socialism as far as it is
in our power to do so. We wish to
live at peace with the peoples of the
world. The destruction of Germany's
war industry is in accord with this
wish. On the other hand the Economic
Council records its concern over the
dismantling of plants which serve
merely peaceful production, particu-
larly in view of the function which
German economy will have to perform
in carrying out the Marshall Plan.
The Economic Council hopes that
negotiations which have been initi-
ated in the Laender, in which the
Director of Economics has been ex-
pressly invited to take part, will
achieve economically sound results,
above all that:
(1) Measures of economic recovery
and rehabilitation, particularly those
aiming at increased production in
basic industries and for export, should
not be prejudiced when dismantling
operations commence.
(2) The timing of the removal of
factories to be dismantled should be
so ordered as to permit urgent con-
tracts to be completed and to permit
the restoration of such plants as are
indispensable to maintain future in-
dustrial capacity and to guarantee a
reasonable living standard for the
people.
(3) In carrying out dismantling,
precautions should be taken that
workers who become unemployed
through the closing down of factories,
are assimilated into other productive
employment: and that, on the other
hand, plants which are contributing
toward economic recovery are not
deprived of manpower in order to
carry out dismantlings.
(4) The resulting social and econom-
ic loss suffered by the workers and
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