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No. 126 (January 13, 1948)

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was to sell handmade coffee and tea
services, candy boxes, candelabra, and
other hammered silver luxury items
to a Chicago firm.
Export sales signed by the JEIA
during February totaled more than
$3,000,000, excluding coal. This total
was more than five times greater that
in January. Sales from the US Zone
amounted to $1,253,000 and those of
the British Zone to $1,765,000.
The US Zone index of industrial
production declined again in February
to 29 percent of the 1936 average.
Continued unfavorable weather con-
ditions kept the daily rate of physical
output at practically the January level,
but the shorter work month accounted
for the decline of almost 10 percent
in the monthly index.
Arrivals of food imports from the
United States for the Combined Zones
totaled approximately 270,000 metric
tons during February. Of this amount,
58,000 tons were allocated to the US
Zone and the remainder to the British
Zone. The cost of the food, which
consisted almost entirely of bread-
grains, was approximately $28,000,000,
or roughly 80 cents per head of those
persons fed.
Production of hard coal continued
upward in February, chiefly reflecting
IMPORTS-(Left) American seed pota-
toes being inspected at Ludwigsburg,
Wuerttemberg-Baden. (Right) Ameri-
can cotton arrives in Bremen.
(PIO OMGUS)
the expansion of the employment of
miners in the Ruhr. On Feb. 27, the
Ruhr output reached a postwar peak
of 235,000 metric tons, or 52 percent
of the 1938 daily rate. However,
because of the frozen waterways and
overloaded rail transportation, forced
stockpiling resulted, totaling 1,532,000
metric tons on Feb. 23.
March
T WELVE DENOMINATIONS of the
lnew permanent postage stamps
for Germany went on sale March 1
at all German postoffices in the US,
British, and Soviet Zones, and in
Berlin.
MG Proclamation No. 4 clarified
the relationship between the Mili-
tary Government and the German
Land Governments. The Laender of
Hesse, Wuerttemberg-Baden, and Ba-
varia were given full legislative,
executive, and judicial powers in
accordance with their constitutions,
except as regards (1) international
agreements to which the United
States was a party; (2) quadripartite
legislation; (3) powers reserved to
Military  Government in order to
effectuate the basic occupation poli-
cies, The proclamation would become
effective for Bremen when that Land
adopted its constitution.
Under an agreement by represent-
atives of the JEIA and other MG offi-
cials of the British and US Zones,
German suppliers were permitted,
effective March 6, to sign export con-
tracts. However, such contracts must
first be endorsed by the German
Economic Ministry and then endorse4
again by the appropriate branch
office of the JEIA, which issued the
export license.
The ice began tb break up on the
harbors and waterways, and during
the first week of March, navigation
began to be resumed in the ports and
rivers.
OMGUS directive of March 10, conr
cerning the status of office holders
in the National Socialist Party and
affiliated  organizations  held  that
evidence to overcome the presumpT
tion that the office holder was more
than a nominal Nazi must be clear
and convincing, and the respondent
must assume the burden of proof in
overcoming this presumption.
The Belgian Government approved
terms of an agreement with the Inter,
Governmental Committee onRefugees
for the resettlement of displaced
persons in Belgium, effective March 10.
Approximately 10,000 DP's indicated
their desire to accept the Belgian
offer.
ACA Law No. 48 regarding the
destruction of all Nazi-issued postage
stamps, was signed March 10 by the
Control Council for promulgation
April 10.
ACA Law for Termination of Ger4
man Insurance Operations Abroad
13 JANUARY 1948
INFORMATION BULLETIN
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