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Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 50 (July 1946)

General ,   pp. 22-27 PDF (2.9 MB)


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Education and Religious Affairs Branch, In-
ternal Affairs and Communications Division,
and Dr. Walter Dorn, Special Advisor to the
Deputy Military Governor.
Sudetens to be Equipped
Before Being Expelied
The regulations under which 850,000 Su-
deten Germans have been transferred to the
American Zone from Czechoslovakia since
20 November 1945, have been amended in
order to facilitate the human handlinig of
the 650,000 Sudeten Germans still await-
ing transfer to the American Zone. The
amendments, which were agreed to at a
June meeting in Prague between US MG
and Czechoslovak authorities, insure that
henceforth Sudeten Germans will be trans-
ferred as family units and that they will
be supplied with adequate clothing and
enough funds to cover their immediate needs,
OMGUS has announced.
For the purpose of transfer, a family
will be considered as a group of persons'
whose nembers are either blood relatives or
legally adopted, and who are dependent for
their maintenance on the same wage earner.
These include husband and wife and their
children up to 18 years of age. Also included
are the parents of the husband and wife and
their adult children over 18 years of age,
as well as any grandchildren, who may live
in the same community and are dependent
on or supporting other members of the
family.
Each member of a family being transfer-
red will be permitted to take with him bag-
gage weighing up to 70 kilos. Thus each
Sudeten German may take all his personal
belongings and necessities of life, including
the tools necessary for his trade or profes-
sion. Exception will be made only if the
export of these tools is prohibited by Czech-
oslovak laws and regulations.
Each expellee from Czechoslovakia being
resettled to the US Zone will have RM 500
in his possession. Dificiencies will be prov-
ided by the Czechoslovak authorities. These
authorities will also check to insure that
each expellee is suitably dressed with com-
plete outer garment, underwear, hose, shoes,
coat and hat. Germans without means and
lacking suitable clothing will receive this
minimum equipment from the Czechoslovak
authorities.
Experiment with Hybrid Corn
Hybrid corn, which comprises 85 percent
of all the corn planted in the United States,
is being introduced this year in the U. S.
Zone of Germany as an experiment to help
alleviate the inability of southern Germany
to grow sufficient grains to meet its own
needs.
Hybrid corn is the result of years of ex-
perimenting in the United States in inter-
breeding and cross-fertilization of various
strains to produce a better type.   The
scientific tests to determine the best vari-
eties for Germany are being made at the
agricultural experimental stations at Hohen-
heim near Stuttgart and at Weihenstephan
near Munich.
In addition to experiments with growing
corn for grain, 4,340 metric tons of corn,
mostly hybrid varieties, were imported from
the United States for fodder growing pur-
poses. This amount would be sufficient to
plant approximately 30,000 hectares, accord-
ing to the Food and Agriculture Branch,
OMGUS.
Export-Import Program
In an effort to expedite export trade from
Germany to the United States, Mr. Roy J.
Bullock, Chief of the Export-Import Section,
OMGUS Economics Division, will leave on
a two-week mission which will include con-
ferences with government agencies in Wash-
ington, D. C. and personal contact with po-
tential buyers of German-made products.
Products manufactured in the US Zone of
Germany which are available for export
include leather goods, toys and costume
jewelry. The discussions will concern the
handling of German exports to the United
States and the possibility of immediate ship-
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