Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 86 (March 1947)
General, pp. 16-20 PDF (2.6 MB)
US ZONE MG ACTIVITI ES 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 involved. 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 Liberation. 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. RATION STAYS AT 1550 CALORIES 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. SUGAR SUBSTITUTED FOR MEAT 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. TOBACCO NOT FULLY AVAILABLE 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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