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Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 56 (August 1946)

General,   pp. 18-21 PDF (2.0 MB)

Page 18

Rhine River Commission
More than 410 miles of waterways are now
subject to the new Rhine Transportation
Control Commission's authority, which has
been established as a bipartite Anglo-
American Commission to administer and
control the flow of German traffic along the
Rhine River and three of its tributaries.
This control extends from Karlsruhe to
Duisburg on the Rhine, from Wuerzburg
along the Main to its juncture with the
Rhine, and from Heilbronn along the Neckar
to its entry into the Rhine.
The headquarters of the commission will
be at Duisburg where a Rhine transport
Zentrale staffed with German personnel and
headed by a German executive acceptable to
both powers, is located. The functions of
the Zentrale include taking a census of craft
in the joint Anglo-American pool, assessing
traffic capacity of the pool fleet receiving
traffic bids, agreeing on traffic programs,
and reporting on freight rates. Cost of the
Zentrale is borne by a minimum levy placed
by the Control Commission on all freight
carried by the combined flect.
Altough the French have been invited to
join the Commission, a tripartite body has
not yet been formed. In the absence of such
an agreement, any interim operating arrange-
ments made with the French zonal author-
ities will be made jointly by British and
US officials.
Child-Feeding Program
Sixty-five thousand German children in
Greater Hesse are receiving three meals per
week as a result of a new American relief
program. Gifts of food supplies exported
by private US Relief Agencies are providing
30,000 children in Frankfurt alone with the
emergency nutritional first-aid needed to
supplement their insufficient rations.
The program as set up in six cities of
Greater Hesse gives supplementa4j    rie
menus to school children between the ages
of six and fourteen, most of whom are in the
sixty-four schools of the Frankfurt area.
The menus consist either of oatmeal, wheat
meal, or wheat by-products with one-half
liter of whole milk and sugar. It is hoped
that if more bread flour is received, it will
be possible to add hard rolls to vary diets
and also raise the nutritive value to 500
All supplies used in the Frankfurt feeding,
with the exception of a quantity of sugar
received from the Eire Red Cross, have been
donated by the Council of Relief Agencies
Licensed for Operation in Germany (CRA-
LOG), a coalition of 14 private American
relief agencies.
DP Marital Status
No law forbids the marriage of displaced
persons from United Nations, or those assim-
ilated to that status, to Germans in Ger-
many, according to an announcement by the
Prisoners of War and Displaced Persons
Division, OMGUS.
However, several United Nations have
laws forbidding the marriage of their nation-
als to Germans, and therefore the marriage,
while legal in Germany, would not be rec-
ognized by the nation of the displaced
The announcement continued that recently
there have been reports that male displaced
persons, trying to find better living condi-
tions and to avoid family obligations, have
deserted their German wives and their
children by entering United Nations Dis-
placed Persons Assembly Centers.
Under these circumstances, if one party
of the marriage is eligible for United Nations
Displaced Persons care and treatment,
members of his immediate family may also
apply for assistance under the provisions of
paragraph 27, SHAEF Administrative Mem-

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