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American Military Government in Germany Introduces New Diet for Displaced Jews

Displaced Jews in the American zone of Germany today went on a new diet, receiving greater quantities of starchy foods such as potatoes and bread and less sugar and fats, as a result of Gen. Joseph T. McNarney’s recent order that they be given food from indigenous sources. The DP’s received the new diet with a noticeable lack of enthusiasm and medical authorities are studying its effects on their health.

Highly placed military authorities in the DP administration today told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that Gen. McNarney’s report which stated that the displaced Jews would not continue to receive imported foods, did not mean that the DP’s would have to rely entirely on German-produced food, but would have to draw more heavily upon local stocks because of shortage of army funds with which to purchase food. They emphasized that the DP’s would continue to have “top priority” and would get whatever they needed.

The Committee of Nazi Persecutees of Greater Hesse has protested to the four power Allied Commission against the fact that imprisoned Nazis receive food rations of 1,700 calories daily while the German population gets only 1,550. The local persecutees’ committees of four provinces in the American zone have met in Stuttgart and formed a zone-wide organization with headquarters in that city to study legislation to aid victims of Nazism.

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