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Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 97 (June 1947)

German reactions,   pp. 19-22 PDF (2.5 MB)

Page 21

Timber Program
The executive responsibility for
forestry production, felling and saw-
milling in the US/UK Zones of Ger-
many is to be devolved on the Ger-
man Food and Agricultural Executive
Committee at Stuttgart, but the
timber requirements from the Joint
Anglo-American Zones will be de-
termined by the German Economics
Executive Committee at Minden,
after consultation with the Food and
Agriculture Executive Committee and
its forestry experts, in accordance
with policy formulated by theBritish
and American authorities.
There is a large shortage of timber
required for the reconstruction of all
countries which were involved in the
war. Germany, itself, has large re-
quirements for industrial use and
building reconstruction. It follows
that for the next few years, while
this demand continues, there will
have to be cutting considerably in
excess of normal.
German forests escaped during the
war when the timber resources of the
United Kingdom and neighboring
European countries were being heav-
ily drawn upon and they can, there-
fore, now make a substantial con-
tribution, both to internal needs and
export. The German economy itself
will benefit by virtue of the fact that
all timber, like other exports from
current production from the western
zones, are paid for by the receiving
countries, thus helping to pay for
imports of food and other essential
raw materials required in Germany.
The provision of adequate quan-
tities of timber to meet essential
German requirements and to fill ap-
proved export commitments requires
a major effort on the part of all
German agencies concerned. The new
definition of responsibilities is ex-
pected to accelerate the development
of the full timber program.
V-E Views Contrasted
Contrasting views were expressed
in licensed German newspapers on
the event of the second anniversary
of the capitulation of Germany. Two
examples are quoted.
The Stuttgarter Nachrichten took a
more pleasant view as follows:
"The attempt, supported by a majo-
rity of the people, to try another
round with the world after the knock-
out of 1918, led to a total defeat two
years ago... Today, after two years,
conditions are not good, but in many
instances better. In the meantime,
transportation  has  been  revived,
streets and bridges repaired. Much
rubble has been cleared away, shelter
found for offices and people... But
the great danger lies in the fact that
the fast-living eternally dissatisfied
person forgets too soon how great
the chaos was in the beginning and
how much we have been spared only
through the aid of strangers."
A dark view was taken by the
Muenchner Mittag (Munich) in a full
column on the V-E Dac anniversary:
'For two years the war has been
over and still no peace in Europe.
The fear of a new third world war
lies like mildew on our hearts and
takes from us every hope a bearable
future. Rumors are spread from hand
to hand and accepted only too gree-
dily. Hunger conducts a bitter re-
gime. No one knows a way out of the
human distress or political cares
which rise like mountains over use.
It seems, after two years, as though
much has become worse . . .
*-Schumachers's sentence about total
victory which means total respon-
sibility is often falsely interpreted.
Many persons in Germany feel it is
up to the victors alone to form the
peace, the German people need not
work at it too. The mentality of the
spiteful child is prevalent. From here,
it is but a slight step to the reproach
that the Occupation Power is to blame
for everything and could help more,
if it wanted to."
Change in Time
Time will be reverted to single
summer time throughout Germany on
29 June, under quadripartite agree-
ment. At 0300 hours on Sunday,
29 June, all clocks are to be turned
back one hour.
More Potatoes from America
Potatoes from Maine and Minnesota poured into Germany from the
United States this spring to bolster the planting program of the Combined
US/UK Zones. Above is the unloading of a ship which had just arrived
in Bremen (photo from PRO, OMGUS).
16 JUNE 1941

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