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Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 97 (June 1947)

Books on Germany, part 3,   pp. 10-12 PDF (1.9 MB)


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pronunciation, nor does it cover col-
loquial words. It also omits all tech-
nological words.
A German-English technical and
scientific dictionary. This is the most
modern and complete work of its kind
available in the Reference Library.
It lists alphabetically the German
words and gives the English equiva-
lent. It is not useful if one knows an
English word and seeks the German
equivalent, for the works is only Ger-
man-English, not English-German as
well.
Encyclopedias
Naturally the German encyclopedias
lay great stress on those subjects
pertaining to Germany, even as Amer-
ican  encyclopedias  stress  Amer-
ican  subjects.  Thus the 'German
works are extremely useful for all
types of information on Germany. In
many instances an encyclopedia ar-
ticle serves as a starting point for
an exhaustive study of some parti-
cular narrow phase of German' life.
Der groBe Brockhaus (20 vols.), a
good German work, profusely illu-
strated with maps, colored plates, por-
traits, and diagrams. It appeared
volume by volume between 1928 and
1935 and includes some biographies
of contemporaries and is arranged al-
phabetically, similar to American and
English encyclopedias.
Der neue .Brockhaus (5 vols.), an
abridged version of Der groBe Brock-
haus mentioned above. Printed in 1941
and 1942, it contains more than 10,000
pictures and maps plus more than
1,000 colored plates. A good encyclo-
pedia, though many of the articles
are extremely brief. Volume 5 is an
excellent atlas, particularly for geo-
graphical information on Germany.
Meyers Lexikon (15 vols.), another
good standard German encyclopedia;
similar to Brockhaus except that it
contains no portraits. It appeared
between 1924 and 1933.
Statistics
Many OMGUS offices and divi-
sions are greatly interested in all
kinds of German statistics, and the
Reference Library has a good collec-
tion of such works. Many of the
books listed here are now extremely
rare, since they were classified "Se-
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cret" by German authorities during
the war and were destroyed when the
Allied armies conquered Germany.
Statistisches Jahrbuch Deutscher
Gemeinden, (4 vols. for 1936, 1937,
1938, 1940). These contain -statistical
information on more than 600 German
cities for the years indicated.
Allgemeine Statistik, by Paul Flas-
kaemper, a fine study on the theory
and practice of statistics, printed in
1944. Particularly valuable is the sec-
tion Triger der Statistik, which de-
scribes German statistical publications
in detail.
Deutsche Wirtschaftskunde, ein Ab-
riB der deutschen Reichsstatistik. This
is a statistical abstract covering such
fields as districts and population, agri-
culture and forestry, trades in gener-
al, industrial production, handicraft,
commerce, transport, money and cre-
dit, prices, workers and labor market,
finance, social welfare, education, law,
and elections. It appeared in 1933.
Sondernachweis: der AuBenhandel
Deutschlands (104 vols.). A monthly
publication on German foreign trade
and commerce. The Library file, cov-
ering the years from 1930 to 1944,
lacks a few copies.
Statistik des Deutschen Reiches (523
vols.), comprises the most comprehen-
sive of all German statistical works.
Figures for population movements,
medicine, commerce, public health,
crime, agriculture, and finance appear
each year. At regular and irregular
intervals other figures appear con-
cerning population, professions, mar-
keting, public finance, and election re-
turns. The complete set runs from
1873 to 1942, but the Library has only
those from 1897 to 1942.
Statistisches  Jahrbuch  fir das
Deutsche Reich (34 vols.), a yearbook
made up of the most important sta-
tistics for Germany. The statistics are
compiled from other publications of
the Statistisches Reichsamt and from
those issued by other agencies. Sour-
ces of information are always clearly
indicated. Each yearly volume-
covering the time from 1905 to 1942-
contains a list of all publications of
the Statistisches Reichsamt and a
summary of important world statistics.
Vierteljahrshefte zur Statistik des
Deutschen Reiches (86 vols.). This
quarterly publication contains more
detailed information on the same sub-
jects as the Statistisches Jahrbuch.
The Library file is almost complete
from 1925 to 1943.
Partei-Statistik, 1935 (4 vols.), a
valuable though not recent statistical
study of the NSDAP. Volume I deals
with party members: the number, their
positions in civil life, their age
groups, winners of the party medal of
honor, etc. Volume II gives similar
figures concerning important Nazi po-
litical leaders. Volume III contains
statistics concerning members and
leaders of Nazi organizations, offices,
unions, including the SA, SS, NSKK
and HJ. Included also is the regional
organization of the party. Volume IV
deals solely with the Deutsche Ar-
beitsfront, its organization, and per-
tinent statistics.
Statistical handbook of Germany
(10 vols. of 1946). This work is in-
tended to supplement the Statistisches
Jahrbuch fMr 'das Deutsche Reich,
which did not resume publication after
the end of World War II.
Wirtschaft und Statistik (33 vois.
from 1921 to 1943). This periodical
contains statistics, graphs, and excel-
lent text covering such fields as pro-
duction, consumption, trade, com-
merce, wages, prices, business, and
finance. Up to 1940 each annual vo-
lume contains a cumulative index for
the year; from 1940 on there are in-
dices only in each monthly issue.
The final article of the series will
appear in next week's issue of the
Weekly Information Bulletin. It will
deal with books concerning the "In-
ternational Scene."
Geographical Location
Geographical location of offices is
not to be included in the return
address on the envelopes of official
mail. A new OMGUS directive made
this change in a previous announce-
ment.
However, the geographical location
is to be included in letterheads. A
cable said that effective 1 June, "all
official correspondence will bear the
geographical  location  and  APO
number on letterheads and preceding
the dateline in indorsements."
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