Bericht aus Westdeutschland (Report from West Germany)

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Bericht aus Westdeutschland (Report from West Germany)

Description

Report from western Germany. One page of a propaganda leaflet produced by the Psychology War Department and Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force. The second page is absent, but both pages are translated into English.

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IBCC Digital Archive

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Alan Pinchbeck

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One printed and two typed sheets

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MWebbLP1876986-190604-040001,
MWebbLP1876986-190604-040002,
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[a single sheet printed in German]
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REPORT FROM WEST GERMANY
Every day the administration and control of the Allied Military Government is being achieved in areas of West Germany. With every kilometre advanced by the Allied Armies to remove the dark shadows, successes are being reached - and the hard work to start returning you to your home and normality will begin.
In the area commanded by the forces of occupation, the war is definitely over. The terror regime of the SS and Gestapo is broken. The replacement of National Socialism will be achieved and gradually the responsibility for the task will rest upon Germany. The Bombing War is over and life goes on - it is futile to continue warring when there is so much work to be done; further bombing and senseless resistance will result in more rubble and ruins and make the road to recovery harder. Much hard work will eventually return life to normal. By doing much of the work yourselves will bring about that re-turn in the whole of Germany much quicker.
SELF HELP -THE WORDS: WE GERMANS WILL UNDERTAKE THE RECONSTRUCTION OF GERMANY.
1. The longer the unwinable war continues, the more destruction will be caused by senseless opposi-tion in German Towns and Cities, making it much more difficult for reconstruction to commence.
2. The more men captured, the longer it will be until they return, thus the more difficult it will be to commence the restructuring of your nation and the greater will be the time period before return-ing to a normal state of affairs.
3. The more livelihoods and work places the Fanatical Party destroys, the less food and help for you and your neighbours will be available, and the greater will be the need for self help.
Self help will reconstruct Germany, Self help there must surely by done to save or salvage that which is saveable or salvageable.
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Photographs
Top left “General Dwight D Eisenhower, Commander in chief of the Allied Forces and Military Gover-nor”
Bottom Right “In this village in Western Germany a soldier of the Military Government records per-sonal details”
AFTER THE ALLIES MARCH IN
to German territory there will follow a proclamation from the Military Government, in the person of General Dwight D Eisenhower, naming him as the Military Governor of the land occupied by them. The Military Government will, above all else, be strict but fair in their occupation and command. It is vital that you have no anxieties with regard to punishment nor the re-training of Germany, the safety of the general public together with the earliest possible solution of the post war problems are the main objectives of this exercise, after the range of National Socialism and the fixation of the influence of the leader together with the causes of the war can be terminated. The German population will be given every opportunity, through self help, to reconstruct normal daily life and housing their areas.

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Psychology War Department and Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force, “Bericht aus Westdeutschland (Report from West Germany),” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed January 23, 2021, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/18216.

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