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Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 100 (July 1947)

Press and radio comments,   pp. 13-14 PDF (1.1 MB)


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(Continued from page 8)
Mil. Gov. Regulations
production facilities are left as are
essential to maintain in Germany such
living standards without assistance
from other countries as are determined
by multipartite agreement to be ap-
propriate;
d. A common financial policy is
considered essential for the control of
inflation and the successful rehabili-
tation of Germany; a program of
drastic fiscal reform is required to
reduce currency and monetary claims
and to revise debt structure, and a
central  department of finance  is
regarded as essential to the success-
ful execution of such a program;
e. Central departments for such
public services as transportation, com-
munications, and   postal  services
should be established and organized
throughout Germany without regard
to zonal barriers;
f. Establishment of a central agency
for food and agriculture is con-
sidered necessary in order to secure
the greatest possible production of
food and its most effective distribution
and use; and
g. Establishment of a central de-
partment for industry and foreign
trade is deemed essential in order
that industrial production may be
increased, the most effective use made
of raw materials, and sufficient goods
exported to pay for imports in order
that -Germany's economy may be self-
sustaining. This policy shall not be
construed to constitute any modi-
fication of MG policy on the de-
concentration of economic potential
(MG Law No 56, Prohibiton of Ex-
cessive- Concentration of German
Economic Power, MGR 23-335).
SECTION C, deals with the princi-
ples  of Military  Government
supervision. Except in such fields as
demilitarization  and  repatriation,
where Military Government must
retain direct administration of the
activity, Military Government will, as
a  general principle,  exercise its
authority through indirect control;
authority in subsequent Titles of the
"supervision" of German functional
activities will be interpreted and ap-
pliedinthelight of this paragraph. In
relation to the Land governments, Mili-
tary Government will attain its objec-
tives as set forth in MGR 1-322 below,
since these governments are operating
under democratic constitutions ap-
proved by Military Government.
Instructions to the Land authorities,
Laenderrat Commissioners, to  the
Laenderrat or to the Ministers Presi-
dent should be confined to the
fullest extent possible to the de-
lineation of policies and should avoid
detailed  instructions  as  to  the
execution of such policies. Military
Government is concerned only with
compliance with US policy. Efficiency
of German government is not in itself
an MG responsibility except as a lack
of efficiency interferes with execution
of approved US policy.
T HE US Military Government should
not interfere with German admin-
istrative action unless such action is
required as a matter of policy or
necessity. Prior aproval by OMGUS
or by the Land OMG's before action
is taken by the LaendeTrat or by the
Land government is not needed except
where specifically required by MG
Regulations. However, an action taken
WEEKLY INFORMATION BULLETIN
as a result of decisions by the
Laenderrat or by the Land government
will be subject to review and possible
revocation by Military Government
where such action is not in ac-
cordance with specified policies and
standards (see MGR 1-506).
Military Government will attain its
objectives (see Section A, this Part)
primarily by:
a. Observation, inspection, reporting
and. advising;
b. Disapproval of only such economic,
social and political and governmental
activity as it may, find clearly to
violate those objectives;
c. Removal of public officials whose
public activities are in violation of
those objectives;
d. The establishment of full MG
controls in any area in the US Zone
where the objectives of the occupation
may- be endangered;
e. MG Courts; and
f. Direct administration of such
activities as demilitarization and re-
parations which cannot be asisumed
entirely by  German civil govern-
mental agencies but which are neces-
sitated by international agreements,
quadripartite action, or US occupation
policy.
The third installment of this serieks
detailing the provisions of MGR Title 1
will concern Title's Part 4, "Functional
Organization of Military Government."
It will be published in next week's
issue of the   Weekly   Information
Bulletin.
Personnel Changes
Announcement is made of the ap-
pointment, effective 26 June 1947, of
Mr. Lawrence Wilkinson, as Director
Economics Division.
Ordinance 10 Amended
Ordinance No. 10 is amended by
inserting therein the words "or spe-
cial  occupational  forces  tickets"
after the word "certificate" or "cer-
tificates" where such word appears.
"A   special  occupational  forces
ticket" is defined as a railway ticket
issued to travellers in Germany on a
non-duty status on military duty
trains or on military coaches attached
to German civilian trains. Such
tickets shall be purchased only with
United States military payment cer-
tificates.
7 JULY 1947
Illegal Travel
OMGUS officials have learned
that US personnel are making
use of their official status to
further the illegal movement of
United Nations displaced persons
from the US Area of Control
through the writing of "to whom
it may concern" or other types
of communications requesting
the authorities of other Allied
Governments to "give every
assistance" to the emigration of
individual displaced persons from
Germany.
It is contrary to US occupa-
tional policies for persons in of-
ficial positions  to  use  such
status to further activities which
are contrary to the policies of
another Occupying Power or of
theUnitedStates and it is illegal
for a United Nations displaced
person, as such, to leave the US
Area of Control except as a
member of an organized group
movement.
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