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Military government weekly information bulletin
No. 34 (March 1946)

Press comments,   pp. 18-30 PDF (6.9 MB)

Page 19

strongly favors, word now comes from
Lt. General Clay, reports the Washington
Post, that orders have now gone out
"to allow political groups in the Amer-
ican Zone to organize on a zonal basis."
Because  of  a  recent rumor that
Washington was preparing to reject
French demands for nationalization of
the Ruhr, says the New York Herald
Tribune, the State Department has taken
upon itself "to explain that no decision
had been made and that the negotiations
now proceeding with the French were not
empty and meaningless discussions."
Notwithstanding the fact that no
visible opposition to occupation authority
has broken out so far in the American
Zone, Raymond Daniell in a New York
Times dispatch voices the opinion "US
controls in Germany are' slipping. For
instance,  some  districts  completely
without -occupying forces. This is creating
some apprehension among Military Gov-
ernment detachments, who say that it is
causing a rising feeling of insecurity
among the local population. . . . One
interesting fact . . . few months ago the
American Occupation Zone . . . promised
land for Germans living elsewhere, resi-
dents of it now are making onerous com-
parison.. with.. other zones.. Vigorous
pursuit of the denazification program in
the U. S. zone is partly responsible for
the change in attitude. Now the US
is short not only of experts but of man-
power, and is losing face not only with
the Germans but with the Allies. The Bri-
'tish and French ... wonder how long ...
US to bear its share of responsibility
for policing Germany.
The New York Herald Tribune reports
attitude of the Russians toward
starting up Germany's peace-time eco-
nomy . .. winning ... good will of the
German people that was lost when the
Russians engaged in vast deportations
of German machinery."
Food is the best antido~te, says Lisa
Sergio  of the American Broadcastin'g
Company, to anold German plot designed
to make us "lose the peace by
i planning and carrying out a
1<     long-range program throughout
Europe destined to kill most of
its inhabitants at the very time
in which a strong and healthy
Europe, willing to -undertake the struggle
of reconstruction, was bound to be one
of the major assets of peace. What has
been done by the Germans by way 'of
killing thousands) of children and adoles-
cents through starvation cannot be un-
done, but the humanity that is still there
can be saved."
From  Pierre Huss of International
'News Service, John B. Kennedy, of the
American Broadcasting System says he
learns that: 1) "Germans are not starving
in the American and British Zones of
Occupation; 2) in a year or two we'll
be havin ocean liners filled with German
brides of GIs and their children; Ger-
man Communists are active -in the Ame-
rican and British Zones; 3) the American
and British are repeating their experience
after the last war. Their kindness is
being misinterpreted as weakness."
Talking to inmates of a US 7th Army
internment camp Pastor Martin Nie-
moller, says the Philadelphia Inquirer,
declared the church was equally guilty
with the German people for the war
"because it hadn't aroused people against
nazi concentration camps and other hor-
rors when they first began and did tot
speak out until the church itself was

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