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Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 72 (December 1946)

Press and radio comments,   pp. 23-28 PDF (3.3 MB)

Page 24

most of a~lL is cordtact w- ith. the outside woid.
-- Germans- must learn what Ai going on in
other land   w,;hat oher poeles are doing
--axid thin~in. <Fortunately, after their long
i-sohdion   t    -Grns today suffer from a
kind of -inri6&ectual claustrophobia and are as
hungry for news from the outside world -as
they are for- bread. Therein lies -the best
chance of Germany's educators."
Thanksgiving      Day   Editorials
US newspapers made Thanksgiving Day
the occasion for a solemn stocktaking of, the
domestic - situation  and  world  progress
toward peace and prosperity. They stressed
the need for all men to dedicate themselves to
greater efforts. toward common aspirations.
Noting the difficulties encountered in
present-day national economy as highlighted
by -the coal strike and in the world striving
for peace, they drew a parallel to the hard-
ships and privations experienced by the
Pilgrims, who observed the first Thanks-
giving Day in 1621 by giving- thanks to
divine providence for a bountiful harvest.
Now, as then, the need is for close brother-
hood among men, they declared.
While frankly stating the problems, the
editorials emphasized the very real progress
made by the United Nations - during the past
year. Typical comments follow:
Chicago Sun:  "We give thanks for the
United Nations. The clash of national aspira-
tions, the poison of fear and suspicion, the
intricacies of the peace settlement occupy
our thoughts. But over all these transient
anxieties towers the great fact that a world
entity has been called into being, by the
common consent ;of the world's millions, to
represent and serve the people's deep long-
ing for peace. As yet this entity is only the
faintest foreshadowing of a world   sov-
ereignty upon which lasting peace depends.
But it exists. By functioning it -can develop.
By recon4ciling national wills it can gradually
fuse an international -will; ,by associatiq, it
can proceed to federation, and ultimately to
union:.".         ...    . . ..  .  .
Washington Star: "Hnmanity is faed with
problems which cannot .be solved without
cooperation. Goviernments. of great states as
well as those of 'he small must learn to work
together for the common benefit of mankind
everywhere. A similar observation applies
with regard to all classes and conditions of
human beings within the several communities
It seems obvious that there never can be
justice and freedom,. fellowship and peace
in the world at large until individuals
develop within themselves a desire for those
blessings more compelling than any other
wish . . . Not every problem which today
cries for attention can be solyed instantly.
But-progress is feasible in most of them,
given only the faithful and unfaltering wil-
lingness of people to work with and for and
not against each other."
St. Louis Star-Times: "It is naive to think
that there is any quick legal formula. for
labor peace, or for bringing stability' to an
economy cut loose in a gale, or for overcom-
ing the prejudices that still set race against
race and creed against creed, or for allaying
the deep suspicion which divides East froim
West. But perhaps the realization of our
difficulties  is in itself reassuring. The
knowledge that mighty efforts are required
may help us to make them. The knowledge
that men must find new and better ways -of
working   together, may  help them, more
quickly to find those ways."
Raleigh News Observer: "The mere fact
that people are this time aware of the
obstacles to enduring peace gives fresh hope
that those obstacles will finally be over-
Pittsburgh Post Gazette: "If we have been
spared much of the sorrow and privations of
other peoples, it is not that we are wiser,
better, or in any sense more. worthy. It is
simply that God opened up to the world a
new land rich in resources and unequaled in
opportunity.. Lest we who have inherited
these blessings dissipate them in an insensate
*scramble-.for wealth and power, we might
well. emulate the,. Pilgrims. Their Thanks-
giving was a thing of the" spirit, -not an ersatz
* something staled by custom. They- worked
fo~t what they. got -and they: did not count
their blessings lightly."

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