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

[Highlights of policy],   pp. [5]-9 PDF (2.6 MB)

Page 9

Carefully selected and thoroughly trained in the ways of democracy, several
thousand former prisoners of war may now help reorient their fellow Germans.
While the    war  was   ranging  in
Europe, while battles were still being
fought and their outcome was an un,-
certainity, a small group of men in the
War Department were laying out part
of the foundation of democratizing a
defeatled Germany. Even then the Provost
Marshall General's office in Washington
was preparing a training program  for
German - Prisoners of War who w'ere
already being shipped to the States in
ever increasing quantities.
Today, MG can begin to reap the fruits
of their foriesight. Sieveral thousand Ger-
man PWs have been shipped from the
States to the theater, trained in the con-
cepts iof American democracy and pre-
pared to take many of the positions! vac-
ated by the denazification program.
These men were selected for exposure
to democracy beca.usie it was learned
through screening that thiey had a natural
ianti-Nazi attitude. But merely b,eing anti-
Nazidoesn't mean they couldhelprebuild
Germany into a democratic country
they had to know how. So in Fort Getty,
,and Fort Wheltherhill and elsewhere,
schools were established to teach demo-
cratic fundamentals, procedures,  and
democratic forms of government. In the
schools the' PWs had an opportunity
to study under some of our best college
professors, the 'democratic way of life,, its
privileges -and blenefits, and its responsi-
bilities. In  addition  thesle battle-born
students were -able to see democracy in
operation  through  films, radio, news-
papters, and to a limited extent though
direct iobservation. Every opportunity' was
given them   to realize that democracy
,actually lives and breathes -  that its
application is not limited to classroom
or textbook work.
Most of these men are now     in 'Ger-
many. They     will be   registered  and
screened in ,accordance with theA de-nazi-
fication laws, then placed on jobs through
local labor office.
OMGUS     has issued  instructio~ns to
give  priority  to  the  processing  of
these  men   in  ojrder to  hasten. the
time when MG      can benefit by their
training.  Their  processing  is being
speeded up only because they, are anti-
Nazis and it is to the advantage of MG
aims to get them 'on the job as.- siolon
a~s possible. The instructio~ns make the
point that all returning prisoners of war
,are not to be given screening priority,
,and that priority is 'not being given
merely for military service.
For e~ase of rapid identification, each
United - States-trained prisoner carrys' an
identification  card  distinguishing -him
from ordinIary veterans.

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