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Military government weekly information bulletin
No. 17 (November 1945)

Press comments,   pp. 16-19 PDF (1.8 MB)


Page 19

and support, they can translate prin-
ciples into facts, theory into action."
Editorial in The Chicago Daily News.
"Two main problems confront the
Military Government. One is to main-
tain order among the Germans during
the grim months ahead. The second
problem is to keep up the morale of
our forces. The complaint of top of-
ficers is that the G. I.'s and many of
their superiors think of nothing but
going home and are encouraged in
their impatience to fold up their tents
and shake the dust of Germany off
their feet by public opinion in the
United States. At the moment this is
the number one worry of all those re-
sponsible men who see clearly that if
we do not settle down to a long-term
job in Europe, everything that has
been done will be lost." Anne O'Hare
McCormick in The New York Times.
"Few of the actions taken by the
Allied Control Council since it assumed
power over Germany are likely to have
a more lasting effect than the basic
reform of the German judicial system.
It is a tribute to the basic justice of
the Anglo-Saxon system that Russia
and France, although they, like many
European countries, follow the Napo-
leonic  code,  concurred  in  the
Coundil's decision to base the new
German system on the other concept.
By scrapping the nazi system of courts,
outlawing decisions based on 'analogy'
or 'sound popular' instructions, and
guaranteeing  democratic  rights to
speedy, public trial, with proper coun-
sel, and assurance that none may be
deprived of life, liberty, or property
without due process of law, Germany
can build a new legal structure on a
sound, democratic base."' Editorial in
The New York Sun.
"We must guard against the frame
.of mind which, on the morrow of vic-
tory, by an excess of generosity, sees
the sufferings only of the enemy. But
we must guard equally against that
shortness of sight and narrowness of
heart which may produce a moral and
physical disaster not for Germany,
but for all Europe. Our friends must
have the first call of whatever succor
can be provided; but Europe, for
better, for worse, is an entity which
cannot, where hunger and disease are
concerned, be considered in hard and
fast zones." Time and Tide.
"Eight million men in a few short
months - will be wearing the almost
forgotten tweeds and Scotch grain
which they discarded some years ago
in favor of the Olive drab.. But while
we imbibe our Budweiser, we'll likely
be talking to some people who were
at home all these years and did not
see much of Buchenwald, Bad Orb
and Dachau, and weren't shot at in
the Vosges or at Colmar. And those
people are the ones we must remind -
remind them so they won't forget again.
We who are going home are the men
and women who will shape the destiny
of the U.S. in a. few years, and we
must remember the things we learned
the hard way. If we choose to forget,
perhaps we won't wear those civvies
too long before we have to change
clothes again." Third Division 'Front
Line'.
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