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Military government weekly information bulletin
No. 42 (May 1946)

German reactions,   pp. 13-14 PDF (1.0 MB)


Page 13


German fieactions
THE TASKS OF
SO(IAL DEMO(RATI( POLITI(S
In an Article in the British-Licensed Berlin Newspaper TELEGRAF1
Gustav Klingelhoefer Outlines the "Tasks of Social Democratic Politics"
"The Social Democratic policy must
constitute democratic and social activity
'of the SPD for the furtherance of the
life interests. of the German people and
their laboring classes," declares Klingel-
hoefer, adding that "the SPD must not
wait inactively for the peace."
Real peace and the shortening of the
occupation depends on the swiftness of
the democratization of the country and
fulfillment of its reparation payments,
continues the writer.
"If Germany is to contribute to her
own democratization and to world peace
no measure of the victors must support
reaction in Germany," claims Klingel.-
hoefer, observing further that if Ger-
many is supposed to make reparations
and if every excess over the medium
Eurloptean standard of life means repar-
,ations,- then the allies are responsible
for creating the prerequisites for the
fulfilment 'of these commitments.
"To meet these reparations," declares
Klingelho'efer, "and to maintain a, me-
dium European standard of life Germany
must be provided with sufficient tech-
nical and material equipment for its in;
dustr~ial capacity, immediate reorganiza-
tion of German financ'es, the- economic
unity of the state ...
In addition to this, he - adds, the So-
cial Democratic Party would have to
recommend an arbitration court which
would decide who is to be held r'espon-
sible for the fujfillment 'of Germax.y's
peace terms. Further the party would
have to demand the right of criticism
where measures of the occupation forces
do not fuirther the fulfillment of the Ger-
man peace conditions.
"The fight for freedom and reconstruc-
tion of Germany will raise serious inner
political questions. One of tle most im-
portant of these will be the relations
between the SPD and KPD," the writer
declares, claiming "it would have been
better for .the world if the unity of the
labor movement, which each occupation
force had to welcome as a prerequisite
for gathering the progressive forces and
creating a democratic majority, would
have been instigated and led by    the
SPD."
"Democracy means peace. Th'e SPD
knows this but the KPD does not. Its
'aims are socialist, but not democratic,
and therefore the KPD, just like all
Communist parties of the world, hesi-
tates to recognize that the only purpose
'of a Socialist order is the realization of
the rights 'of man an'd liberty for every-
lone ...," Kliaigelhoefer declares
Everyone who desires social democracy,
but without- granting the minority the
right to bhecome a majority negates free
discussion from being a prerequisite of
social progress, he continues.
Klingelhoefer- states that recently in
Thuringia' the word was passed around
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