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Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 74 (January 1947)

Press and radio comments,   pp. 24-43 PDF (10.3 MB)


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zones on radio and in press.
Control Council promulgates Law No. 30
increasing sugar tax.
Even taking into account removal of
agricultural subsidies, it is estimated that
over-all cost of living at legal prices has
not advanced more than ten percent since
August 1945 in the US Zone.
Larger percentage of harvested potatoes
delivered to urban consumers in US Zone
than in any of past three years.
Salvage from captured German explosives
of an estimated five million dollars worth
of nitrogen as ammonium nitrate begun at
Dynamit AG in Bavaria.
JULY
Deputy  Military  Governor   approves
general amnesty for persons born after
1 January 1919 who were not classifed as
Class I or II offenders under the German
Law for Liberation from National Socialism
and Militarism.
Allied Control Council Law No. 31 pro-
hibits establishment of police bureaus or
police agencies of a political nature.
US Zone estimated net pithead production
from January through June is 1,500,000
tons of brown coal and 670,000 tons of pech
coal, representing 70 percent and 90 percent
respectively of 1938 production rates. Total
German estimated net pithead production is
30,500,000 tons of hard coal and 76,500,000
tons of brown coal, roughly 40 percent and
78 percent of the 1938 production rate.
In Frankfurt, the Radio Network Control
Office begins its function of distributing re-
corded and printed material originated by
the US State Department for use by stations
of the US-controlled South German network.
About 7,500,000 persons in the US Zone
including farmers and working members of
their families, are covered by occupational
accident insurance, with approximately
150,000 persons drawing benefits.
Approximately 27 percent of all employed
persons in the Zone, excluding those in
agriculture, forestry, and domestic service,
are enrolled in trade unions.
Shipments of food imported from the
United States increase to around 6,400 tons
per day.
All Laender instructed to prohibit forma-
tion of political parties and political groups
of expellees and refugees since US policy
requires that expellees be absorbed as in-
tegral parts of the German population hav-
ing equal rights with them.
Dr. Anton Pfeiffer, former Bavarian
secretary  of  state, appointed  Bavarian
minister for political liberation, succeeding
Heinrich Schmitt, resigned.
Pending four-power agreement on the
interzonal exchange of newspapers, distribu-
tion of American-licensed newspapers to
other occupation zones of Germany stopped
and other zonal commanders requested to
halt flow of German newspapers into the
US Zone.
German steelworks are producing at
57 percent of the production permitted under
the level of indutsry plan. Production in
the US Zone is 70 percent on the same
basis.
OMGUS field officers instructed to deal
more severely with violations of MG Or-
dinance No. 1, concerning unlawful wearing
of uniform of Allied forces.
First ton-and-half truck rolls off assembly
line at Opel plant in Greater Hesse.
Land constitutional assemblies meet in
Munich, Stuttgart, and Wiesbaden to begin
drafting constitutions for each Land.
The number of gainfully employed in the
Zone rises to 5,475,000, highest for any
month since occupation.
The Economics Directorate agrees to
dissolve the Kaiser Wilhelm Society.
Sufficient leather to manufacture half a.
million shoe uppers withdrawn from export
as fine leather goods, and assigned to the
manufacture of shoes.
Stocks of seeds on hand plus estimated
seed production is insufficient for 1947 re-
quirements, so 7,200 metric tons of seed
requested from the United States.
Invitation issued by US member to other
members of Allied Control Council to join
in US Government proposal for adminis-
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