Military government weekly information bulletin
No. 41 (May 1946)
German reactions, pp. 16-19 PDF (1.9 MB)
sta'nces have forced them to accept or - dinary labor' tasks. Similarly, !othe'rs com- plain that their work is too hard. Former Nazi Party members who have been de- nal. ified complain frequently that their present work is humiliating. Another complaint is that the income today is too low in view of the high taxes. Another question probed the general public's feeling about jobs most difficult to find. Half of those answering think that white collar and office positions come under this category. A smaller group consider -any light work and jobs! which provide food as most desired. HOUSEKEEPING POPULAR A special analysis was also' made of non-workers in the population. Nearly half 'of the non-worker's claim to be housewives a4nd do not consider obtain- ing any other type of work. About a quarter 'of the non-employed report that they are unable to work - were too old, sick, incapacitated, pensioned,: etc. A more interesting category of non-workers is the former Nazis who had been denazi- fied. They make up about one in ten of the non-working population in the Amer- ica'n Zone. In Berlin, d'enazified Nazis made up a considerably smaller propor- tion (2 percent) 'of the nonemployed group. About the same proportion of non-wor- kers (2 percent) complain that there is no work to be found in their 'area or that they can not find desirable types of em- ployment. On the basis, of this survey, then, it appears that about one in five non-workers can be considered as un- employed in the strict sense, that is, they iare neither housewives nor those physi- cally incapable of work. THE SPECTER OF INFLATION The German public is becoming more and more concerned over the possibility 'of inflation. This trend is apparent from two OMGUS Information Control Sur- vey Unit samplings 'of popular confidence in price stability, conducted in mid-Jan- uary and mid-February in the US Zone. The price situation is regarded in terms 'of two separate problems. Most people queried, recognized or conceded the ability of the authorities to keep prices down. In fact, on successive polls, the number of people agreeing that MG and the German authorities can hold prices down has actually increased, prob- ably because the authorities in the in- terim successfully demonstrated their ab- ility to keep prices from rising. But, a'p- parently, the public has become less con- fident that the authorities will continue to exercise the rigid controls that have kept prices down. The public seems to have become more confused and uncertain as to what con- trol policy MG will choose to exercise lover currency and prices in the futurie. One reason for this may be that by dis- continuation of subsidies to farmers the cost;of living has been permitted to rise slightly. This change in policy was an- nounced by MG in early F'ebruary - in the period between the two public opin- ion surveys, the results of which indicate increased fear iof price rises. Fear of a possible devaluation of the currency is another factor contributing to public uncertainly about price stability. During the wartime prosperity, a large number of people accumulated consider- able holdings of money. Unable for the most part to safeguard their savings by converting them into durable goods,thesie people worry about the future value of 18 .
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