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Toward Reconstruction Of National Economy

N.Z. Press Association—Copyright Rec. 10.30 a.m. LONDON, Aug. 5. . Commenting on the Potsdam communique, the pro-Russian newspaper Berlin Zeitung, which is the organ of the city administration, said: "If we are honest we must admit that we expected to see Germany split into parts under different administrations without any political freedom. Instead, we find just the opposite. The victors have not waited for us to ask for the reconstruction of Germany but are helping us toward it." The Communist party organ Deutsche Volkszeitung said: "The period of reconstruction has begun; the German people must stand the test in peaceful democratic reconstruction. It is impossible to rate the generosity of the three great Powers too highly." The Potsdam agreement has the effect of giving Russia approximately 50 per cent of movable German • property, according to officials with knowledge of the preliminary negotiations at Potsdam, says the New York Times correspondent in Washington. Negotiators had an estimate of how the property should be divided between the eastern and western zones which showed that approximately 45 per cent of the total German capital assets covered by the agreement were in the Russian zone. The high percentage surprised those who considered that the bulk of German industries were in the west. Built Up During War However, it was pointed out that during the war and immediately before the war the Germans built up their industry in the east, where they established some of the nation's largest and most efficient units. In addition to 45 per cent of the total movable German equipment reported to be situated in the Russian zone the Soviet was given under Potsdam 10 per cent of certain capital equipment in the western zone, making the total Russian gain roughly 50 per cent of the whole movable equipment. The reparations claims of all the United Nations in the war against Germany, except Russia, must be satisfied from the remainder of the equipment in the western zone. The bulk of the equipment would be used to satisfy the reparations demands of such countries as France, Holland and Belgium, since it is assumed that the United States desires none of the equipment and Britain relatively little. The Associated Press correspondent in Washington says President Truman at the close of the Potsdam, talks suggested to Generalissimo Stalin and Mr. Attlee that if another Big Three conference is held it should be in Washington. Stalin smiled and responded: "God willing."

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GERMANS ADIT GENEROUS TREATMENT, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 184, 6 August 1945

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GERMANS ADIT GENEROUS TREATMENT Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 184, 6 August 1945

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