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Military government weekly information bulletin
No. 37 (April 1946)

Press comments,   pp. 13-19 PDF (3.6 MB)

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All four members of the Allied Control
Council have approved a plan to set Ger-
many's post-war economy on a level tone-
third below that of 1938. "The plan will
serve as a basis for
the removal of capi-
-       -    tal equipment forre-
parations," states the
New   York  Herald
Tribune "It expres-
sed the plant capacity to be left to Ger-
many in its major industries in terms of
percentages of pre-war capacity. Anything
in excess of the stipulated percentages
may be taken as reparations."
On the question of separating the Ruhr
and left bank of the Rhine from Germany
President Felix Gouin hats not yet di-
rectly stated his views . .. . "Howeveer,"
says  The New York Times, "it is felt
in Paris that a policy of suppleness has
replaced the rigidity 'of de Gaulle's time
'on the questions of internationalization of
thle'Ruhr and prolonged Allied occupation
'of Germany."
According to the New York Herald
Tribune "The French economic mission
now in Washington will press for a dis-
tribution of Ruhr coal which would in-
crease shipments to France by.. 1,000,000
tons a month and would lower the alloc-
ation to Germany, which threatens, in
the view of the Paris government, to
make steel production higher in Germany
than it was in France..."
"Unquestionably in many respects the
military government in the US Zone com-
pares favorably with that in ainy other
occupation zone in Germany," according
to The New York Times. "It has kept
the German people fed ... power plants
going, it has printed and distributed ra-
tion tickets, it has maintained public
health, sanitation, hospitals. It has protec-
portation system... insured security...
ted public safety ... maintained a trans-
When 'one stops to recall the physical dif-
ficulties involved this is no mean record.
The US Arxmy does not live off the land
.Industry,   in   the   Am erican   Zone   has
no coal of its own, unlike the British
Zone. Physically, the military government
has done a difficult job well.
Regarding German assets in Switzer-
land which the Swiss have b'een asked
to surrender to the Allies, says Bob
Wadsworth of ABS, there is a feeling
among the Swiss that "theEprob-
Jem    is to keep their liber-
ties and assets... Switzerland
may lose freedom of action un-
der theAmerican pressure.The
interests 'of all small nations
are involved in the sense that power is
being brought from outside to force legal
changes within an independent country..
Swiss economists say that the German as-
sets concerned are hardly enough to fin-
ance,'one day of modern warfare."
Up'on questioning a Frenchman, re-
cently back from  Germany, about the
danger of aggression reviving there, states
Ridcard Easton of MBS, he was told
"that depends upon two things - event-
ually the UNO and right now upon the
US. He said the germ 'of war can be
found in every nation. In the climate of
prosperity and well-being these germs
starve. Under other conditions they flour-
ish. In short, wherever injustice reigns
we must make certain that we are on
the side of justice."
Quite a blow to the Germans, declares
H. R. Bankhage of ABC, is the fact that
"they're not going to get the beer they
thought they were this spring. Knowing

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