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Military government weekly information bulletin
No. 41 (May 1946)

[Highlights of policy],   pp. 5-12 PDF (4.0 MB)


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As of 1 May, 661 industrial plants had
been declared available for reparations
from the three Western zones of Ger-
many. Approximately two-thirds of the
plants were from the heavily industrial-
ized British Zone.
That is the blueprint for Germany as
it stands -today. Its principles are those
'of Potsdam. Security first, reparations
second is the theme. The Peace Con-
ferience this spring iat Paris will have the
final say ion the future 'economy of Ger-
many. It will be .-up to this pteace coin-
ferience to devise loang range controls for
Germany. With the lessons of the past
thirty years to guide them, they will
once more attempt to eliminate Germany
as a breeder iof wars.
(Continued from page 8)
Information desired by the Internation-
,al Red Cross: on   missing  persons
throughout Europe.
Statistical data on war casualties in
the former German Armed Forces.
Information  concerning  types  and
causes 'of wounds suffered by casualties
Many organizations are today availing
themselves of the wealth of data avail-
able in Berlin, to satisfy all sorts of pur-
poses. To mention only a few: Allied In-
telligence Agencies; Internal Affairs and
Communications Divisions (British, US,
and French); Central Tracing Policy
Board; US War Department; British War
Office; International War Crimes Com-
mission; Legal Division (British and US)
and the International Red Cross, Geneva.
Since knowledge of this agency is now
fairly widespread, additional information
-can be expected to find its way to the
files in Berlin. For example, casualty
records collected by the British Forces
in Hamburg, Flensburg and Denmark,
totaling between 250,000 and 300,000
death records, arrived in Berlin on 29
April 1946. In addition, death notices re-
ceived from Allied military sources, re-
cords from German sources such .as ceme-
tary authorities and local administrative
'officials, sworn statements by former
German Armed Forces personnel and ad-
ditiona.l data from the International Red
Cross in Geneva will all be used to sup-
plement records now only partially com-
plete.
A great percentage of this new mater-
ia.l are in the form of indentification tags
with no names given. In order to identify
unknown dead, the tags must be passed
through the department containing the
Identification Files, a most cumbersome
process where even ia trained worker can
complete only 20 items per day. When all
this work is completed, it will give a
truer picture than was- available, of how
the Wehrma~cht was literally bled white
during its six years 'of conquest and
defeat.
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