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Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 86 (March 1947)

German reactions,   pp. 21-22 PDF (1.0 MB)


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Moscow negotiations cannot be the wtitten
text of a final and valid treaty for Germany.
The problem is too difficult and disputed.
But they may succeed in creating a common
foumdation which. is not dictated by hatred
>+wrrd retaliation, but-by political reality and
the recognition of the existence of the Ger-
man people."
Occupation Review
The Frankfurter Rundschau commented on
the final statement by Gen. Joseph T. Mc-
Narney as follows:
"When we recommend to our readers to
read very carefully the 'Review of the Oc-
cupation from November 1945 until March
1947' in today's edition, presented by Gen-
eral McNarney, former Military Governor
and Commander-in-Chief of the American
Armed Forces in Europe, on the occasion of
his farewell press conference, we also re-
commend to everybody to recall the situation
as it was then and to take into consideration
the task which this occupation power had
to tackle -and to solve.
"If we say this, we are fully aware of the
difficulties and shortcomings from which we
all have to suffer today and probably --for
some time to come.  We also know how
slowly . . . the inner domestic reconstruction
and the necessary adjustment to world econ-
omy. progress. But that is not so much a
question of an individual occupation power
as that of the Allied governments who now
have to come to an agreement at the Moscow
Conference on the basis of existence of Ger-
many."
Truman Speech Praised
The Sueddeutsche Zeitung (Munich) was
the first paper which carried an editorial on
President Truman's address to Congress on
Greece and Turkey. It said in part:
"The message of the American President
before both houses of Congress on a bill to
provide economic and military support for
Greece and Turkey is regarded throughout
the whole world as a step of greatest political
importance. It demonstrates best the will of
the world power, America, not to continue a
laissez faire policy in the Mediterranean and
in the Near East.
"The desire to pursue an active world pol-
icy and show direct interest in world affairs,
in contrast to isolationism, becomes apparent
in Washington. It is linked with a develop-
ment that was accelerated during the last
months: the decline of British world power.
apparent by the withdrawal from India, Bur-
ma, Egypt, and soon Palestine and Greece..
"In the long run there will be only two
powers which could fill the vacuum: America
and Russia.   President Truman has now
pointed out that Washington is prepared to
take over those tasks which formerly could
be fulfilled by the British Empire.
German Assembly Debated
The Soviet-licensed Neue Zeit, Christian
Democratic Union organ in Berlin, addressed
a letter to the leaders of the SPD, SED, and
LPD, advising that they get together and
'prepare the first stage of an assembly of
representatives of the German people."
Expressing approval of the proposal, the
French-licensed Kurier declared the pro-
posal is in accordance with the views of some
olf the parties invited. It noted that similar
steps have been taken by the LPD, the only
difference being that the CDU proposal con-
tains a direct invitation to the other parties.
It would be desirable that some kind of a
German interzone assembly which could rep-
resent the interests of all -of Germany be set
up as soon as possible and that party inter-
ests or zonal narrow-mindedness be sub-
jugated to this necessity," declared the paper.
The US-licensed independent newspaper
Tagesspiegel contended that such an as-
sembly should not be called until the Laen-
der governments are all based on constitu-
tions and have voluntarily decided to join a
German federal republic.
"This cannot be done until the Laender
have gained an existence of their own and
then one can speak of a great initiative," ad-
vised the paper.
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