Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 79 (February 1947)
[Military government series], pp. - PDF (18.4 MB)
Socialism dictated, the Germans are eager for news of all kinds'. This thirst for information also is reflected in the field of books and pamphlets. And as the publications industry expands, MG '. lhopes to orient it away from Nazi ideology, thus leading the German people to think and l, / :5>:5 Xact democratically. Under this program, ACA Order No. 4, Confiscation of Nazi Liter- - ~~~~~~~~ature, has been successfully executed, and licensed publishers must see to it that the works of only politically suitable authors S i E are printed. All books and magazines upon publication are scrutinized by German em- ployees under supervision of Land Publica- tions Control officers, assisted by officers of Intelligence Branch, ODIC. Many projects have been completed. Although book and magazine paper pro- duction is short of requirement by some W 3,000 tons (at least 50 percent) per quarter, (Left) American personnel check the makeup of "Die Neue Zeifung;" (bellow) the staff, of the US Information Center in Bamberg looks over some newly-arrived American books. Signal Corps MOMo modern methods of factual reporting. Like the licensed newspapers, however, "Die Neue Zeitung" was hit by the news- print shortage and cut its circulation from 1,500,000 to 1,200,000. Similarly, publishers of displaced persons newspapers and ga- zettes were allocated less newsprint. But in spite of curtailment of electric power, the critical coal shortage, and a 10 percent forced reduction in newsprint, the US Zone papers have maintained relatively good press schedules and met the newsprint cuts through a choice of reducing circulation or cutting the number of pages per issue. These papers and "Die Neue Zeitung" have a combined circulation exceeding 5,000,000, a distribution which could easily be many hundreds of thousands more if the demand for news among German readers was met. Deprived by the Nazis for 12 years I__ of reading anything except what National.
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