GERMANY: Don't Leave Us

In Washington last week, General Lucius D. Clay, U.S. occupation boss in Germany, was optimistic. As he prepared for the surrender of the U.S. Army's occupation duties to the State Department next summer, General Clay reported: all-important

Ruhr coal was coming out of the ground at a postwar record of 254,000 tons daily; aside from food imports, Bizonia had a favorable trade balance during the past year.

While Clay spoke Germany was shaken by the biggest strikes since pre-Hitler days. The walkouts protesting food shortages, which had started in the Ruhr (TIME, Jan. 26), shifted to Bavaria; more than...

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