1955 July 8 German Attitude
Germans Grow Critical of U.S. on Secondary Issues By LUDWELL DENNY •cri»M-at*war* Fw«k> MM»r BONN. — Germans increasingly are critical of American policies an secondary issues. This is not ypical anti-Americanism_whlch ii widespread in most Europeon countries, but a minor factor icre. Nor is it . aimed at our* general German or world policies. 3n the contrary, e r m a n politicians, politicians, press and mblic — except ,he Socialist and ^r neutralist minor- Dtflny ties—approve our overall policy of >eace through strength and con- lider the United States Germany's >cst friend. This surprising admiration only 10 years after war and despite occupation is due in part to the United States' helpful attitude, able American representatives here since the war and generally good conduct of our troops. It is equally due to the Germans' almost worshipful worshipful respect for efficiency and. power. They look on us as the most idvanced and strongest nation in the world. * * « Nevertheless, there is constant criticism. Some is emotional, but most is reasoned. Though sharp, it usually is not vicious. Here are eight characteristic charges and gripes taken from responsible responsible newspapers in one day: I. Reaction to bomb explosion in Munich suburban post office killing Slovak Refugee Leader Matus Cernak and a woman bystander bystander and injuring 13 others. "The Americans, especially their 'Radio Free Europe.' are making Munich the world center for satellite satellite emigre organizations and propaganda. propaganda. This is contrary to German sovereignty and interert. Tht Bonn government should outlaw auch foreign refugee political »ctivitiei like Switzerland and moit eoun- 2. Roman Catholic Cardinal Frings appeals to President Eisenhower Eisenhower to release German war criminals. This echoes the demand of almost all Germans regardlesi of party or *ect. 3. Attacks on Eisenhower and Secretary of State John Fotter Dulles for inadequate American settlement for German assets seized by the Alien property custodian. They charged United States officials officials are hypocritical in preachinf the sanctity of private property for the world and always putting foreign policy on lofty, ethical principles, but refusing full restq ration of German property becauv it would cost too much. * * * 4. United States and North Atlantic Atlantic Treaty Organization (Nato) jet atomic air maneuvers over Germany Germany last week were ill-timed diplomatically. diplomatically. 5. The United States and Nato are insisting on expendable German German ground divisions when thos« air maneuvers showed that Germany Germany should give priority to a jet air force and civilian atomic defense. defense. (I. The United States is unloading unloading obsolete arms on Germany instead instead of giving her the latest weapons. 7. American troops are ruining German roads with their heavy equipment and interfering with German cities and land owners with their maneuvers. 8. An objection to American and Allied military postal censorship, which the Bonn government defends defends as a temporary necessity for security troops. This is one of th« rights reserved by the Allies in the new German sovereignty treaty pending enactment of adequate German laws for the purpose.