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Information bulletin
No. 145 (October 5, 1948)

German plaque honors airlift men,   p. 6 PDF (624.1 KB)

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Workers' Families
Conserve New Marks
Workers' families in Hesse were
most economical in spending their
initial Deutsche marks, according to
Mr. Robert A. Irving, OMG Hesse
statistical division chief. After the
inauguration of currency reform on
June 20, each person was allowed an
initial DM 40 on the turning in of
old Reichsmarks.
After studying and analyzing house-
hold accounts  of more than   200
families in many walks of life, Mr.
Irving concluded that an average
white collar family spent two-thirds
of its initial issue, a civil service
family about three-fifths, while the
laborer's family held on to almost
half its new currency.
During the first 10 days after
currency-reform  day,  all families
spent about half their income for
food, Mr. Irving stated. Expenditure
for clothing used up 15 to 20 percent
of the first new money earned, while
minor expenditures were made for
luxury goods, including beer and
tobacco, and for household goods.
German Plaque Hi
o *               *
Woodworker Presents Gift
An elaborately-carved inlaid plaque
was   presented  at   Ludwigsburg,
Wuerttemberg-Baden, to Col. Bertram
Harrison, commanding officer of the
Berlin airlift's 60th Troop Carrier
Group, by Wilhelm Kaklies, a master
Acting as a private Gennan citizen,
Kaklies stated he wanted to give the
American airmen some token of ap-
preciation for helping blockaded Ber-
lin. He added that the airlift touched
him personally, for his mother lives
Colonel  Harrison  received  the
plaque on behalf of Lt. Gen. Curtis
LeMay, USAFE commander-in-chief.
He told Kaklie's that the United States
was   taking  the  only   possible
humanitarian course, and that the
airlift will continue as long as there
is a need for it.
The plaque consisted of an in-
tricately-inlaid  map  of Germany,
showing a large stockpile of food and
coal near Frankfurt and    several
(US Army 9gnag co
Col. Bertram  Harrison, commZarn
officer of the 60th Troop Car
Group (left) and Wilhelm Kaklies h
plaque carved by latter in honor
US airlift personnel.
United States planes winging tow,
Berlin. The inscription reads,
thanks to the intrepid American p'
for their assistance to hungry Bea~
Present at the ceremony were
Col. E. J. Drinkert, Jr., acting de]
director of the Office of Mill
Government,   Wuerttemberg-B&
Mr. T. E. Griswold, Jr., of the I
wigsburg Military Government of
Lt. Col. Frederick M. O'Neill,
ecutive Officer of the 60th Cal
Group, and Ludwigsburg's doe
Mayor, Otto Ludwig.
Sen. Scott W. Lucas fD-ll.) shakes hands in Berlin with Gen. Lucius
D. Clay, US Military Governor. Sen. J. William Fulbright (D-Ark.) looks on.
(US Army Signal Corps)
381 Periodicals in US Area
Periodicals now published in
US-occupied area of Germany
381. Three Berlin periodicals,
have a wide circulation in the
Zone, are printing part of their is
in Frankfurt to avoid transporti
difficulties caused by the B
blockade. The three magazines, "I
zont," "sie," and "Lilith," will.
tinue to publish sufficient copi
Berlin for local distribution.

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