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Information bulletin
(June 1951)

Who's who in the federal cabinet,   pp. [36]-42 PDF (4.5 MB)


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taking all further steps. Only thus can a unity be achieved
that expresses the true desires of all Germans.
"Whoever really desires a free - and not just a Com-
munist - unity, must give these free elections top pri-
ority. We hope that the four Occupying Powers can agree
about this. We believe such an agreement is the necessary
prerequisite for all efforts and negotiations for carrying
out these free elections."
Coordination Minister Heinrich Hellwege
Heinrich Hellwege, Minister for Coordination with the
Bundesrat (upper house) and, at 43, the youngest member
of the Cabinet, is a German Party (DP) colleague of Trans-
port Minister Seebohm and alleged anti-Semite Wolfgang
Hedler.
Before 1933 Mr. Hellwege was a member of the German-
Hanoverian Party, which, at one time, at least, had the
goal of re-establishing an independent state of Hanover.
Hitler showed little interest in an independent Hanover,
and young Hellwege went back to running his father's
grocery business. In the last war he served as an enlisted
man with the air force ground crew. Says Mr. Hellwege:
"The German people will not refuse a contribution to
Western defense."
Since the war, Minister Hellwege has kept looking
beyond the borders of Hanover, sees the German people
"rededicating itself to its historic role of preserving and
defending Europe."
Postal Minister Hans Schuberth
Hans Schuberth, Minister of Postal Affairs, lost his left
leg in the first World War. Starting out as an engineer,
he went into postal work via the technical branch. Under
the Nazis he was shunted to less responsible posts.
After the war, the Bavarian government showed itself
more appreciative of Mr. Schuberth's abilities than the
Nazis had been, put him in charge of Bavaria's postal
system, which was his springboard to the top postal job
in the Republic.
Minister Schuberth is one of only two Cabinet ministers
who do not hold a seat in the Bundestag. The other:
Refugee Minister Lukaschek.                 +END
US Information Centers Grow in Popularity
The German public is becoming increasingly interested
in the activities of the US Information Centers, according
to a survey conducted by the Reactions Analysis Staff
of the Office of Public Affairs, HICOG. Approximately
three-fourths of the US Zone adult population, an increase
of 12 percent over last year, are familiar with the centers,
the survey revealed.
The report also emphasized that attendance at the
centers is steadily improving. About 11 percent of the
population of the US Zone, or nearly 1,500,000 persons,
have visited an information center or reading room, a
10-fold increase over two years ago.
The survey indicates that a more than proportional
share of influential, opinion-forming persons use the cen-
ters, and that center officials have succeeded in reaching
a large share of elements, traditionally hard to interest,
low income and low education groups as well.
A breakdown of the survey indicates that US Informa-
tion Centers are best known in Hesse (80 percent of the
population); better known among men than women;
better known among young people than old. The age
group under 20 uses the centers more extensively than
any other. Among occupational groups, professional
people are best represented among center visitors, with
farmers showing the poorest attendance record.
Facts of the survey were borne out in a particular
instance recently at Marburg, Hesse, where the US In-
formation Center has obviously become an integral part
in the study facilities of the local university students.
In a letter to the office of the US High Commissioner,
the student council of the old Philip's University protested
against any contemplated reduction of the center's
facilities and activities, in line with an expected over-all
cut in the center's budget. "With its excellent library
facilities and the many other programs, especially lectures
by foreign guest professors, the Marburg US Information
Center has become an essential factor in the life and
work of the students," the letter pointed out.
"We Marburg students would regret very much if
these, for us so important possibilities of an intellectual
orientation, were cut down."
During the term's first session, held several weeks ago,
the students' council had already unanimously agreed and
declared that a reduction of the center's activities and
facilities would mean a considerable loss for the students.
First Center Has Fifth Birthday
The Frankfurt US Information Center, established in
1946 as the ifirst in Germany, celebrated its fifth anniver-
sary in May. One of 144 such centers throughout the
world, the Frankfurt institution during its development
has acquired a library of approximately 30,000 volumes,
a periodical library with 1,000 current subscriptions and
a selection of 150 films and 800 records.
Its activitiies, ranging from lectures, concerts, film
showings, exhibitions and discussions, to a children's
theater and language classes, are designed to present an
objective picture of the American way of life, its political,
social and cultural institutions and to serve as a demo-
cratic community center based on international concepts.
The Frankfurt center along with the other 143 is sup-
ported by US congressional appropriations and is, in fact,
a gift of the American taxpayer to the community.
INFORMATION BULLETIN
JUNE 1951
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