International: Stalled at the Crossroads

"Germany—once more your partner in world trade," read the posters. Beneath them German sightseers and foreign businessmen crowded their way in to look with interest at the 1,200-odd exhibits of the Hanover Export Fair.

U.S. and British occupation authorities had sponsored the exhibition in an attempt to build up an export trade for their combined zones, called Bizonia. A breakdown of orders placed by the 1,500 foreign visitors showed 20% for automobiles and accessories. Only 20% went for toys, musical instruments and other small industry products.

Commented a German exporter: "You want us Germans to produce consumer goods and get out of the...

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