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Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 57 (September 1946)

[Highlights of policy],   pp. [4]-20 PDF (9.3 MB)


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PRISONS IN THE US ZONE (Continued from page 6)
employed.
Prison confinement strips the offender of
many privileges, but the spiritual fabric
remains his own. All institutions have chapels
presided over by religious leaders. Each
house of worship is separated from the main
prison or is set off within as an isolated
sanctuary. The Butzback prison in Greater
IHesse has a picturesque church which seats
330 persons in individual stalls, so arranged
that each participant of the service is virtu-
ally segregated and cannot see, or be seen
bv, anyone but the priest or minister, who
stands on a high pulpit in front of the con-
gregation. The effect, however, is marred
only by the necessary presence of three
guards who watch from strategically located
elevated platforms.
The prisons are a study in contrasts. For
instance, some prisoners work on farms away
from the institution from Monday to Satur-
day with a maximum of freedom, then are
returned to the institution for the week-end
and locked securely in their cells.
Striking progress is notable where German
GLASS     (Continued from page 10)
tons. The principal flat glass producers are
listed in Table 3, together with the im-
portant firms producing other varieties of
glass.
Although hollow glass products were
formerly produced by 24 plants in the US
Zone, no plant has so far started production.
Present production capacity is estimated to
be about 2,500 metric tons monthly. It is
contemplated that the manufacture of house-
hold glass and bottles will commence shortly.
Electric light bulb blanks are not being made
in the US Zone at present, but their pro-
duction is planned within the next few
months at Deutsche Spiegelglas AG in Mit-
terteich, Bavaria, after reconversion is com-
pleted. There is also no production of radio
tube blanks or other electrotechnical hollow
wardens have had administrative experience
or have quickly learned American techniques
of management. Industries have been devel-
oped, and products of the craftmanship of
the prisoners compare favorably with those
produced elsewhere. As the general economy
becomes stronger and materials and supplies
become available, the prisons will make
greater strides in their productive endeavors.
In a prison, hope never quite fades, but it
often becomes very dim. Rehabilitation, re-
education, reformation is like conversion. It
is an intrinsic thing. It must come from
within the one affected. It cannot be pres-
cribed and compounded into a dose that
when taken in sufficient quantities guarantees
a cure. Recognizing this principle, Military
Government, in its supervision of German
prisons, and working within the frame work
of existing facilities, is introducing American
techniques of management and establishing
acceptable standards in the hope that the
democratic process may get a foothold even
on the lowest rung of the social ladder.
glass, though capacity is available in the
Zone.
Of the 106 plants manufacturing the
various products classified as processed and
finished glass, 58 are equipped to do flat
glass finishing; of the rest, 18 can do hollow
glass processing and 14 hollow glass
finishing. There are also three plants for
safety glass production, five that make glass
fiber, and eight for other glassware. The
last reported wartime output for the US
Zone was about RM 3,750,000 in 1943. As
yet there has been no postwar production in
these plants.
With the increasing necessity of building
up German exports to pay for food, however,
it is expected that every source of saleable
glass merchandise will be fully explored and
developed.
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