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Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 97 (June 1947)

[Karlsruhe cleans up],   pp. [2]-[4] PDF (2.8 MB)


Page [4]


had wrought, but it certainly wasn't
all right for them to have the word
"honor" connected with anything they
did. This was finally ironed out satis-
factorily to all after the situation
was explained in the newspaper.
One of the chief guarantees of the
success of the program was the de-
cision of employees to continue pay-
ing the salary of all employees
absent from the job because they
were engaged in rubble clearance.
A careful scale of the amount of
honor work expected of each citizen
was drawn up. Men charged for past-
party activities reasons are expected
to work 20 days if employed, 30 days
of not employed. Men not charged
for such political reasons are ex-
pected to work 14 days when em-
ployed, 30 days when unemployed.
It was discovered that the value of
a man's work was greater if he did
it in one stretch, instead of a day
here and a day there. Working conti-
nously he became more interested
in what he was accomplishing, be-
came more efficient, achieved more.
So a bonus, in the form of fewer
required days of work was set up.
If working the whole period without
interruption a 30-day stretch is cut
by three days, a 20-day period by
two days, and a ten-day assignment
by one day.
Women have never taken part in
the project, which constitutes one of
its main flaws, Major Neel believes.
He feels it would help the morale
and spirit of the city, in addition to
getting the job more quickly done,
if the men and women worked to-
gether, and there is plenty of lighter
type work which they could do. Two
reasons seem to have prevented this.
Karlsruhe is a city of respectable,
middle class bourgeoise, and the
women feel that engaging in manual
labor is socially degrading. In spite
of the ruin and the collapse of their
culture, this notion persists.
Then too, in a city so badly
destroyed, housekeeping and the care
of a family have become a more
complicated and timeconsuming then
before. However, if someone could
Cleared sites and neatly piled bricks mark the progress of the rubble-clearance
program in Karlsruhe. Scenes as pictured below are becoming more common
in that Wuerttemberg-Baden city.                       (photo by Rosenberg)
persuade the wives of the city offi-
cials to turn out and move a few
bricks, probably the entire feminine
population would be appearing in
coveralls the next days, and the work
would get new impetus.
A great deal has been accom-
plished. Around 400,000 cubic meters
of rubble have been cleared away.
Along with clearing the streets and
opening the way for new construc-
tion, much of the rubble has been
salvaged. Six and a half million
bricks, 20,000 cubic meters of sand-
stone, 800 tons of steel beams, 500
cubic meters of lumber, and 18,000 me-
ters of gas and water piping have
been recovered.
'An excellent by-product of the
work are new, highly desirable
building sites near the Rhine port,
which are being created out of marshy
land filled in with rubble. Here the
city's industries will be rebuilt, ac-
cording to the over-all plan.
The tools used have been simple,
considering what has been done:
25 kilometers of gauge railroad, seven
steam locomotives up to 100 horse-
power, 12 Diesel locomotives up to
40 horsepower, 250 small tip carts
(Continued on page 22)


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