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Information bulletin
No. 133 (April 20, 1948)

Editorial opinion in German press,   pp. 9-13 PDF (2.9 MB)


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before the special Spruchkammer in
Neustadt. Former soldiers and tens
of thousands of women and children,
who through him have lost their sons,
husbands or fathers, are of the opinion
that he should face a war crimes
tribunal instead of a Spruchkammer."
Bavaria's Food
Isar Post (Landshut) reported on a
meeting that the Director of the Office
of Military Government, Bavaria,
Murray van Wagoner, held in Passau
with mayors and country heads:
"The Germans present could not
fail to gain the impression that the
MG Director and his Agriculture Chief
are most earnestly concerned about
safeguarding the Bavarian people's
food supply . . ."
"We welcome this new way of
direct and unbureaucratic information
and hope that similar exchanges of
opinion will soon take place in other
parts of Bavaria."
"Friendship" Food
Fritz Dietz, licensee of Fraenkische
Nachrichten (Tauberbischofsheim) com-
mented on the arrival in Bremen of
the Gretna Victory, loaded with 3,000
tons of "Friendship" food and clothing
from four Pacific states and the terri-
tory of Alaska, for the Germans:
"There is nothing official, nothing
political in the ship's arrival. Behind
its trip stands pure humaneness.
Children, mothers, workers some of
whose gifts meant a sacrifice on their
part, contributed in the States of
Idaho, Washington, Montana, Oregon,
and the Territory of Alaska the cargo
being unloaded in Bremen. Their
friendship, their Christian love also
comes with it, and builds a bridge
across the ocean . . ."
The reporter of the Sueddeutsche
Allgemeine Zeltung (Pforzheim) im-
pressed by the only American woman
who accompanied the FriendshipTrain
on its tour of the US, British and
French zones, said:
"Mrs. Otis F. Lampson (representing
the State of Washington) speaks a
delightful American German . . . The
eyes of this gray-haired woman radiate
a boundless feeling of human fellow-
ship . . . She tells us, not without just
pride, how the collection scheme over
there was organized. (Mrs. Lampson
said):
"'The idea to call for a special
voluntary gift for Germany came from
a Jew. Press and radio immediately
chimed in. The success was immense.
People from all strata in the Pacific
states brought considerable quantities
of food, clothing and money. Forty
trucks of a transport company drove
for weeks through the states, and six
railroad companies contributed the
use of freight cars . . . The long--
shoremen volunteered their labor...
We thought especially of the children;
we want the German children to learn
to laugh again. We want to live in
friendship with Germans.'"
German Democracy
Nordsee Zeitung (Bremerhaven)
asked:
"1. Can the Western Allies insist on
staying in Berlin even when the
(Soviet) blockade of the Control Coun-
cil becomes a blockade of Berlin ... ?"
"2. Can courageous men of the type
of Jacob Kaiser, who in his daily "Der
Tag" deals with those who ran away
from their own lines-can the de-
fenders of 'fortress Berlin' withstand
the increasingpressure from theEast?"
"On the answer to these questions
depends the fate of Berlin. And Berlin,
though it is no longer the capital of
Germany, is nevertheless the capital
of the German democratic will, a will.
that is much more conscious here thani
elsewhere, precisely because being
democratic in Berlin means being in'
danger."
Badische Neueste Nachrichten (Karls.
ruhe) said that the headquarters of
the Western Allies in Berlin are com.;
parable to 'advanced observation
posts'-as one called positions which
permitted a good view of parts of the
enemy front and from where artillery
fire was directed."
That this must be annoying to the
Soviets is understandable . . . The
decision of the US government not
to carry out the transfer of the US,
occupied area to the State Department
has strongly underlined the repeated
unequivocal declarations of General
Clay (the US Military Governor) that
Berlin will not be surrendered. It is
not only a question of 'observation,'
but of the prestige of the US; it is not
Berlin that is at stake, but Europe.".
Fraenkische Nachrlciten (Tauber-
bischofsheim) commented on General
Clay's words, about the readiness of
strong forces in Germany to fight and
die for freedom and democracy:
"In Germany there exists today
neither a democracy in the full mean-
INFORMATION BULLETIN
Col. Frank L Howley (right), director of the Office of Military Govern-
ment, Berlin Sector, and US representative on the Allied Kommanda-
tura, Is Interviewed by Spero Galanopulo, news commentator for AFN
Berlin. Col. Howley discussed the Kommandatura, which Is the four-
power governing body of Berlin.                    (Signal Corps)
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