Socialist Britain will "nationalize" heavy industry in the British zone of Germany, starting with coal, steel, heavy chemical and mechanical engineering. After months of delay, British Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin last week announced that program as signed-&-sealed Cabinet policy.
No one doubted the sincerity of Bevin's intention, but it left many questions unanswered. Who would eventually take over? Would ownership be on a Lander (state), a zonal or a national basis? What did socialization mean to hard-pressed
Germans in terms of increased production in the next year?
Said a skeptical British officer, in Berlin after a year in the shattered Ruhr: "The realities in...