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Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 49 (July 1946)

[Highlights of policy],   pp. [4]-[29] PDF (18.0 MB)


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Then there is the planned German pro-
paganda to be used in the case of defeat.
Some Americans are echoing one or more of
the following German statements:
1. "The German only fought the war be-
cause they were attacked." The attack-
ing nations, in order, of course were
Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Poland..
2. "The Jews started all the trouble in
Germany."   The best answer to this
ancient German attitude toward the
Jews was given in December 1944 in
New York's Town Hall by Captain
Peter Freuky, the 6 food, 7 inch, wihte-
bearded leader of the Resistance Forces
in Denmark during the German occup-
ation. He simply said, "We have no
Jewish problem in Denmark. In Den-
mark we do not feel ourselves inferior
to the Jews."
3. "That Germany was only protecting
the world from Communism". - Yes,
of course, and the only way to protect
the world was by taking it into Ger-
many's benign protective. custody!
4. "That the United States will soon have
to fight the Russians." - More Amer-
icans have voiced agreement with this
statement for less reason than with
any of others. This plays directly into
the Germans' hands. Remember it was
fighting Germans that millions of Rus-
sians died.  So did thousands of
Americans.
5. "That the average German has no guilt
for what Hitler did." - It is possible
that the marjority of the Germans were
not guilty of crimes of commission, but
at best, by their utter lack of collective
national conscience, nearly all of them
are guilty of crimes of omission in per-
mitting themselves peace from their
earliest historic times to the Hitler
Germany we smashed a year ago last
May.
"HE SPEAKS MY LANGUAGE"
There are many opportunties that come
with our occupation duties and one of them
is the opportunity to learn foreign langua~ge,
particularly those of our Allies. The phrase,
"He speaks my language," which we apply
to those who agree with us, is of greater im-
portance literally than it is figuratively. The
slightest effort made to learn the language
of another is deeply appreciated. And there
is no better way to get acquainted. Abraham
Lincolm summed it up when he said of a
stranger "I don't like that man, I must get
to know him better." You will agree to-the
wisdom of Lincoln's remark. In getting to
know the people in Germany better, re-
member it is at least as important that we
are here as it is that we accomplish "great
things" as military governors.
COOPERATION WITH ALLIES
It is also important to get along with our
Allies, the nations who fought with us.
In considering the British, for example,
we must remember that from June of 1940
until June of 1941 armed with sticks and
staves and pitchfork and wooden guns, and
with a magnificently-employed handful of
fighter pilots in Spitfires, Britain and its
people stood alone in all the world against
the Nazi's thrust. The accomplishments! of
the British and the contributions they made
in the invasions were manifold. Of no other
people could one conceive the assistance, the
forebearance, the secrecy and the loyalty
with which they facilitated the movement of
our great invading armies.  The British
Southern Railway, with its tiny goods-
wagons, carried the rough equivalent of one-
quarter of the combined railroads of the US
in that operation, and maintained schedules.
The experience of centuries of colonial gov-
ernment evolved a skill which has contrib-
uted greatly to intelligent quadripartite
discussions.
We are prone to forget some things when
"the game is over" or the fighting stops.
One of the things we should never forget is
that we would probably not yet be here in
an occupation army had it not been for
rivers of blood - Russian blood - that
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