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Military government weekly information bulletin
No. 17 (November 1945)

Press comments,   pp. 16-19 PDF (1.8 MB)

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results than any other occupational
force in Germany, according to one ob-
server. "Strange as it may seem, these
reluctant conquerors are probably
doing a more effective job of occupy-
in Germany than any of the otherthree
occupying powers," declared Joseph
Barnes, correspondent for The New
York Herald-Tribune. "The six-months
record of American occupation is ad-
mitted by nearly every one here to be
discouragingly spotty, but the frank-
ness with which it is criticised on
every level, by officers, enlisted men
and even German civilians, is the best
evidence that it still has a goodchance
of achieving some of the goals set up
at Potsdam."
Mounting evidence that the German
people still have no feeling of war
guilt underscores the need for a long
occupation, The St. Louis Globe-De-
mocrat warned last week. "Germany's
attitude is a reminder to the Allies
that there can be no soft peace for
the Reich," it said. "Not only must its
General Staff and its industrial war
machine be destroyed and never
permitted to rise again, but the occu-
pation of Germany must be con-
tinued until a new generation of Ger-
mans can be educated to be peace-
loving citizens of the world, with re-
spect for international law and justice
and for the rights and territories of
other nations."
German responsibility, however, is
admitted by the Berlin newspaper Der
Tagesspiegel. "The extent of our crime
is known," it said in a recent editorial.
"It includes all segments of the popu-
lation, including, to a shocking ex-
tent, the workers, On the other hand,
the resistance, especially among the
intellectual bourgeoisie, was stronger
than a first glance reveals."
Eisenhower Report
With commentators stressing the
need for agreement among the Allies
on occupation policies, General Eisen-
hower's third monthly report continued
to hold the attention of editorial
writers. Comment on the announcement
of plans for the transfer of control of
German administration from military
to civilian hands was generally fa-
"It is high time for Uncle Sam and
his Allies to sit up and pay serious
attention  to  General  Eisenhower's
warning", declared The Indianapolis
Star in commenting on the statement
in the report that one of the diffi-
culties of the occupation has been the
failure of the Allied control to agree
unanimously. In the opinion of The
Atlanta Constitution, the disclosure of
potentially dangerous unrest in Ger-
many is not surprising. "Unrest in
pauperized Germany is inevitable," it
said. "It is, however, tragic, when
the Allies themselves, by their inability
to agree, provide a basis of excuse
for that unrest." Similar views were
expressed by The- Birmingham News,
which asserted that we have failed
so far to do a good job in Germany
"for lack of a clearly conceived and
resolutely-executed policy." Said The
Constitution: "The fault is not primarily
General Eisenhower's or that of the
Control Commission. The fault is fun-
damentally that of their governments."
As The Des Moines Register sees
it, the Allies are beginning to find,,
"as they did after World War I,, that
it has been easier to disarm Germany
physically than to disarm her mentally
of the prejudices and hates built up
against other countries after years of
state-controlled mental conditioning."
"Eisenhower has proved    an  ex-
ceptional administrator, but the record
.of the AMG in general has been an.
inglorious one, and the Patton episode

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