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Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 86 (March 1947)

General,   pp. 16-20 PDF (2.6 MB)

Page 19

The 26th Laenderrat Directorate meeting
in Stuttgart on 6 March recommended to the
Laenderrat principles for the admission of
foreign welfare workers, providing for ap-
proval by the Welfare Ministry of projects
outlined in detail as to personnel and time
As of 31 January, the denazification status
of 60 percent of persons who have registered
under the Law for Liberation had been
determined. On the basis of 7,100,000
questionaires examined, 940,000 had been
found chargeable and more than 6,000,000
persons in the US Zone found to be ap-
parently not chargeable under the Law for
A fire at the municipal building in Pforz-
heim, Wuerttemberg-Baden, on 15 February
caused RM 100,000 damage. In Darmstadt,
Hesse, the wooden barracks in which the US
fire department was stationed was destroyed
with damage estimated at RM 200,000. Two
UNRRA barracks burned at Laufen, Bavaria,
with a- loss of RM 550,000.
The ration scale for the 99th period which
began on 3 March continues to provide ap-
proximately 1,550 calories per day for the
normal consumer in the US-British Zones.
The normal consumer fat ration and meat
ration for all non-farm consumers over six
years of age have been reduced, but com-
pensatory increases of bread allowance have
been made.
Arrivals of food imports from the United
States for US-British occupied areas of Ger-
many totaled approximately 270,000 metric
tons during February. Of this amount 58,000
metric tons were allocated to the US Zone
and the remainder to the British Zone.
The production of hard coal continues
upward, chiefly reflecting the expansion of
employment of miners in the Ruhr. On 27
February, the Ruhr output reached a post-
war peak of 235,000 metric tons, or 52 per-
cent of the 1938 daily rate; this compared
with 200,000 metric tons on 1 February.
Despite uninterrupted expansion of coal
production, rail transportation facilities are
still overloaded because frozen waterways
paralyze barge traffic. Forced stockpiling
of coal has resulted. In the British Zone, for
example, stocks on 23 February totaled
1,532,000 metric tons, more than double the
total four weeks before.
The Bipartite Food and Agriculture Con-
trol Group has advised that the German
Executive Office has issued instructions to
German officials authorizing the substitution
in Hesse and Wuerttemberg-Baden of sugar
for meat through the 98th period. The ration
is 100 grams of meat to 40 grams of sugar.
To prevent damaging German crops and
fields by vehicles driven off roads for park-
ing, turning, and making shortcuts, USFET
has instructed in a cable "that vigorous
action be taken by all elements of the command
to insure that US Military personnel and
personnel employed by the US Army do not
operate vehicles off regular roads and trails,
except in cases of emergency."
Because of the increasing importance and
developments of blizonal activities in the
general economics field, the Public Relations
Office, OMGUS, has now established a branch
office at Minden, Westfalen, in the British
Zone, where the Bipartite Economics Control
Group is located.
Because the production of tobacco pro-
ducts has been delayed by shortages of coal
and power, the tobacco ration for the period
beginning 17 March is not fully available.
The first contract for the export of silver-
ware from the US Zone of Germany was
signed at the end of February. The Wilhelm
Weinrack Company of Hanau, Hesse, is to
sell hand-made coffee and tea services,
candy boxes, candelabra, and other hand-
hammered luxury items to a Chicago firm.

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