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Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 98 (June 1947)

German reactions,   pp. 19-20 PDF (1.2 MB)

Page 19

Munich Conference
Criticizing the withdrawal of the
representatives of. the. Soviet Zone
from  the Ministers-President Con,
ference in Munich early this month,
the Sueddeutsche Zeittpg (Munich)
"It is the tragedy of the Germans
that in historical moments they are
not able. to find a common de-
nominator for their common fate. The
strong hope arising from the announ-
cement that .the ministers of the
eastern zone would attend the Munich
Conference was suddenly.extinguished
by the "action" with which the same
Ministers-President turned the pre-
lude of the conference into a most
tragic gathering.
"Nobody could still doubt that the
represensatives of the .eastern zone
did, not want to 'put aside the bar-
riers'... They arrived with the firm
aim of forcing upon the conference a
slant that, would have. annulled the
idea of the conference. According to
their instructions, they came to start
a political discussion and to carry on
that kind of political 'action' which
correspondends to the conception of
the occupation force of their zone.
Their 'zonal' love of Germany and
their attitude towards German distress
and problems were more important
to them than trying to solve economic
problems together (which would have
been a first step, towards the solution
of political questions)..."
"Among Germans on German soil
we had to experience the same tra-
gedy as Moscow, which prevented, in
spite of the good will of the western
democracies, the beginning of the re-
organization of all of; Germany."
The Stuttgarter Nachrichten said:
"The fact, that the program  of the
conference had not been thoroughly
prepared, is obvious. In politics there
are other attitudes than extremes. Be-
tween the conception of the unitary
state and the Bavarian viewpoint of
a federal state there: are theoretical
and practical possibilities of: over-
coming the contrasts. They need,
however,,thorough preparatory think-
ing because the creation of the Laen-
der isWbased on totally different foun-
dations in the various zones."
Right Direction
The Fraekischde Nadhirchten (Tau-
berbischofsheim) does nrt believe
that the new Economic Council is a
panacea for the solution of German
problems, but sees it as a step in. the
right direction. In I a recent editorial,
it said:
"Compared with the'situation' ofto-
day the Iessential point of progress is
that a resolution of the Economic
Council, if approved by both Mili-
tary Governments, will have about
the same significance as a statute Lof
the former Reich, the Laender being
executive institutions. But as long as
the separation of zones lasts, as long
as a peace treaty has not yet settled
our rights and duties, this office will
not be able to work out an effective
all-round plan of Germany's future."
Single Summer Time
Commenting on the return to single
summer time, the Sueddeutsche Zei-
twng (Munich) observed:
"Simple Summer Time will be re-
introduced because the requests of
German authorities-were; agreed to
by the Occupation Forces. Therefore,
one should not say that any sound
German suggestion would be ignored
as a matter of course and must fail;
and that it would not be worth-while
to present a petition to the Allies
at all. That the German arguments
were accepted certainly means that
they were considered better and wore
convincing than  the counter-argu-
ments.  German initiative has been
"Let the conclusion be drawn that
in other cases, too, we should present
petitions to the Occupation Forces
without an attitude of resignation, If
we. feel we have the better reasons
on our side."
'The Mit
gensburg), one of four licensed suer-
man papers to remember D-Day edi-
torially, commented particularly on
the grandiose gamble of the German
military and teminded its readers that
Germans were foolish enough to fight
to the bitter end. It concluded:'
*"May the German standing 'at the
bank of the abyss learn only one
thing: never again to trust ambitious
military  and bloodthirsty elements
who afterwards assert impudently
that Germany deserved this terrible
fate because of her shortcomings in
the military struggle."
Potatoes for Berlin
Three Berlin papers -   the US-
licensed Tagesspiegel, British-licensed
Telegraf, and Soviet-licensed CDU
organ tNene Zelt -  reported 'that,
according to Mr. Frank L. Howley,
Director of the Office of Military
Government, US Sector, a special
shipment of potatoes will be made
shortly to Berlin.
The Tagesspiegel story advised that
4,000 tons 6f fresh potatoes from Ame-
rican Army stocks in the American
Zone will be sent to Berlin as soon
as posssible. The report also said,
American authorities will send 3,200
tons of dehydrated potatoes, corre-
sponding to 19,000 tons of fresh po-
"The Director of American Mili-
tary Government for Berlin Sector,
Frank L. Howley, declared that the
potato shortage is due to the fact
that the Soviet Zone did no send all
of the 160,000 tons of potatoes agreed
on for exchange against products
from the two west zones", declared
the paper. "Mr. Howley said the
Russians lag behind in their ship-
ments by 99,000 tons, a Stock which
would meet the needs of Berlin for
two months, and would meet the
needs of the American and British
Sectors for four months."
23 JUNE 1947

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