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Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 56 (August 1946)

General,   pp. 18-21 PDF (2.0 MB)


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months imprisonment at Duesseldorf for
illegally exporting approximately $40,000
worth of silk goods to Holland. Blomberg
pleaded guilty, claiming he sought to build
up credits outside Germany. The goods were
discovered in a border check of a relief
agency truck.
A home for the rehabilitation of under-
nourished children was opened at Kiel under
an arrangement by British MG, a Salvation
Army relief team and German public health
officials. Surplus food from British unit
messes will provide daily rations of 3,0000
calories for each of 100 children during
four-week stays at the home.
Flour from Chestnuts
Horse-chestnuts, or buckeyes as they are
known in some parts of the United States,
are the source of hours of pleasure for many
American youths in the fall for hollowing
out into imitation pipes, or stringing into
necklaces, or simply hoarding. But to the
Germans they are considered a source of
additional food for the already meager fam-
ily larder.
With the approaching of chestnut-picking
time, two Berlin newspapers recently pub-
lished articles on the necessity of gathering
as many as possible.
The   French-licensed  Kurier  advised
everyone to help in the next five weeks in
collecting the chestnuts, as they can supply
the Berliners with flour and fats. Recently,
the paper added, an efficient method has
been devised to debitter the chestnut.
Two or three hundred collecting offices
will be set up throughout the city, announc-
ed the Kurier, adding that as a reward for
every 100 kilos of chestnuts turned in, a
bonus of ten marks and a certificate good
for six pounds of chestnut flour will be
given.
The US-licensed Tagesspiegel said avail-
able technical facilities enable the production
of 30 kilo of flour from   100 kilos of
chestnuts. Pointing out that Berlin has more
chestnut trees than any other German cityj
the paper said its 70,000 trees can supply
about 3,500 tons of chestnuts which will
serve as raw material for the manufacture
of food and medicine.
Heads MG Court
Herbert B. Gerhart, chief of the German
Courts Section of the Legal Division, was
appointed presiding Judge of the Military
Government Court for Civil Actions in Stutt-
gart. The jurisdiction of this Court, establish-
ed under MG Ordinance No. 6, is limited
to civil actions in which one of the parties
is a national of the United Nations, for
damages arising out of the operation of
motor vehicles not owned by the US Gov-
ernment in the US Zone of Germany, US
Sector of Berlin and the Bremen Enclave.
Appeal to Youth
An appeal to the youth of Germany to
participate in the reconstruction of their
shattered country was made by John Hynd,
Chancellor of the Duchy of -Lancaster, at
the opening of the new Neuss Bridge over
the Rhine at Duesseldorf.
Asserting the succesful creation of a new
Germany largely depended on the youth
of Germany, Mr. Hynd said, "You who
were little more than children in 1933, who
were misled and betrayed in your youthful
enthusiasm, let your idealism be turned
towards the reconstruction of your country
and your eyes turned towards the wide
world. Not in lust'for domination but in
domination in friendship and under-
standing you must take over the main part
of the reconstruction through your trade
unions, your political parties, co-operatives
and other democratic organizations."
More food was urgently needed, continued
Mr. Hynd, as the food crisis was continuing
in vast areas of the country. From the
meagre resources of Great Britain and from
the granaries of America, Canada and Aus-
tralia, supplies had been' rushed to 'the
threatened areas of the 'world,' including
Germany.
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