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Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 87 (April 1947)

[Highlights of policy],   pp. 4-13 PDF (5.9 MB)

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and frankly.
These conclusions are not the product of
sentiment nor of feeling toward a nation
which has brought such misery upon the
whole earth. They are not given in condone-
ment of the enormity of her crimes. They
are the result of a desire to see the world
look forward, get into production and
establish a lasting peace. They are based
upon the stern necessities of a- world involv-
ed in the most dangerous economic crisis in
all history.
At the present time the taxpayers of the
United States and Great Britain are con-
tributing nearly 600,000,000 dollars a year
to prevent starvation of the Germans in the
American and British Zones alone. The drain
is likely to be even greater after peace unless
the policies now in action are changed.
Therefore, entirely aside from any humanita-
rian and political aspects, policies which will
restore productivity in Germany and exports
with which to buy their food and relieve
this drain upon us are of primary im-
But our economic interest is far wider than
this. We desperately need recovery in all of
Europe. We need it not only for economic
reasons but as the first necessity to peace.
The United States, through loans, lend-lease,
surplus supplies, and relief, In the last two
years, has spent, or pledged itself to spend,
over 15,000,000.000 dollars in support of
civilians in foreign countries. Even we do
not have the resources for, not can our tax-
payers bear, a continuation of burdens at
such a rate.
There is only one path to recovery in
Europe. That is production. The whole
economy of Europe is interlinked with Ger-
man economy through the exchange of raw
materials and manufactured goods.   The
productivity of Europe cannot be restored
without the restoration of Germany as a
contributor to that productivity.
Some assumptions.
In order to offer constructive con-
clusions as to economic policies which will
relieve the American taxpayer and will pro-
mote economic recovery in Europe, I make
six assumptions, which I believe will be ac-
cepted by sensible people. They necessarily
include certain political aspects which
underlie all these economic problems.
1. I assume that we wish to establish a
united federal state in Germany, embracing
mainly the present American, British, Rus-
sian, and French military occupation zones,
with economic unity and free trade between
Under Ihe "level of industry" plan emphasis is to be placed on
the export of
light industry products, such as those processed in this US Zone machine
Signal Corps Proa E

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