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Reich Hopes of Monetary Gains from Olympics Shattered

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Frederick T. Birchall said today in a Berlin despatch to the New York Times that hopes that Germany’s economic situation would be eased by a flood of foreign money left here by visitors to the Olympic games are being shattered by pronouncements by authorities on the subject.

The Berlin Chamber of Commerce is warning members against undue optimism, Mr. Birchall said. He quoted the German Economist, generally regarded as Economics Minister Schacht’s mouthpiece, as stating that the games will produce an additional drain on Germany’s supply of foreign exchange since most visitors will live in Berlin on registered or travel marks sold to them at a discount by German’s foreign creditors.

The despatch continues:

“The only foreign exchange Germany receives will come from tickets to the games that are sold abroad and from a few countries that have made special arrangements providing that the travel of their nationals within Germany shall be paid for partly with their own money.

“The expenditures in travel marks will reduce Germany’s foreign indebtedness, but will not produce what Germany needs most at this time, foreign exchange. Contrarily, Germany will have to pay out foreign exchange to provide additional food from abroad for the visitors and to provide foreign raw materials for the manufacture of articles for which the visitors will pay in marks.”

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