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HELP YOURSELVES

HOPE FOR GERMANS Montgomery Outlines Plans For Rehabilitation N.Z. Press Association—Copyright Rec. 11.30 a.m. LONDON, Aug. 6. ■ "It is my intention that you shall have the freedom to get down to your own way of life subject only to provisions of military security and necessity," said Field-Marshal Montgomery in a broadcast to the German people. "I will help you to eradicate idleness, boredom and fear of the future. Instead we want to give you an objective hope for the future." Field-Marshal' Montgomery declared that the second stage* of the rehabilitation of Germany had now begun. He promised freedom of the Press, the formation of trade unions, democratic and political parties, ' the restoration of selfgovernment on democratic principles and the establishment of a voluntary system of education. "You may hold public meetings and discussions," Field-Marshal Montgomery added. "I am anxious that you should talk over your problems among yourselves and generally set on foot measures to help yourselves." He warned that the coming winter would be difficult because of the probability of a shortage of food and coal, insufficient accommodation and inadequate j transport. "I will do all I can to' get the population in the British /zone through the winter, but you must work to help yourselve's," he concluded. "I expect co-operation from you in the second stage of Allied policy." British process engravers in London, Birmingham, Barnet, Watford and Manchester, for a whole week, turned over their complete shops to help in the production of 5,000,000 school textbooks to reeducate German children in the American occupation zone. The Allied. Control Commission plans to purchase 5,000,000 books by October 1. It has already acquired 600,000. General Eisenhower addressed a similar message to the Germans in the American zone, telling them that they might form local unions and engage in local political activities. He predicted that the coming winter would be hard.

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HELP YOURSELVES, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 185, 7 August 1945

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HELP YOURSELVES Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 185, 7 August 1945

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