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Military government weekly information bulletin
No. 35 (April 1946)

Press comments,   pp. 21-23 PDF (1.3 MB)

Page 23

(Caotinued from page 14)
falls below 4 square meters. If necessary
housing space may also be requisitioned
by written notice. The dispossessed per-
son may file an appeal within three days,
although appeal does not suspend the
carrying out of the requisition. Unless
approved by the local authority such
appeals must be forwarded to higher
levels for decision.
Authorization to occupy a house and
the conditions of tenancy, including rent,
are determined by a tenancy agreement
concluded under the supervision of the
local authorities. They may issue a sub-
stitute order if the tenancy agreement
cannot be concluded normally. Agree-
ments made after the law becomes ef-
fective without the approval of the local
authorities- are void. Violations of the
law or the, implementing directives issued
under it are punishable by a year in pri-
son or a fine of RM 10,000, or both.
This law turns over another important
section of the German economy to the
German authorities themselves, in accord
with MG policy of giving the Germans
as much experience as possible in ad-
ministration at every governmental level.
As in all similar cases, MG supervision
will be close and continuous in order to
assure compliance with both the letter
and the spirit of the law, and to make
certain that Germans in authority are
both able and willing to cooperate with
the occupying forces, not only in matters
of detail but also in achieving the larger
objectives of occupation.
(Cotitinued from page 16)
Schools for training building workers
have been established throughout the US
Zone, but the lack of adequate facilities,
equipment, and tools have limited
the number of students, so that the effect
on the housing program has not been as
far reaching as it should be.
The comparatively small percentage of
rooms left unoccupied because of
disrepair, is perhaps the best indication of
the success of the emergency shelter pro-
gram. Of an estimated total of 11,502,000
rooms in the U S Zone, 7,178,000 are
occupied and require no repairs at the
present time while 2,527,000 rooms (both
occupied and unoccupied) are still in
need of repair. Rooms which have been
destroyed beyond repair and must be
replaced by new constructions total
1,797,000, 'and much' of the repair work
effected has been of a make-shift nature
and must be replaced by permanent
The carrying out of these permanent
repairs and new construction, however,
calls for a permanent housing program.
Although the possibility of executing any
housing project is dependent on the
amount of building material and man-
power available in Germany for a number
of years to come, it is significant that
the German authorities have already sub-
mitted to Military Government blueprints
of long-range housing programs.
With the gradual increase in the supply
of construction material and labor, such
housing programs should be possible, but
a concerted effort will have to be made
to further production of building ma-
terials and to  effect an interzonal
distribution of such production. The ini-
tiation and implementation of such pro-
grams is primarily the responsibility of
the Germans, and it is gratifying to note
that the German housing officials have
recognized their responsibilities in this
field and are tackling the job.

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