GERMANY: Heads Roll

Adolf Hitler's electioneering bark that when he became Dictator "Heads will roll in the sand!" ended factually in the sharp-bitten order of Sub-Dictator Hermann Wilhelm Goring to revive the medieval headsman's axe and chopping block in executing criminals duly condemned by Prussian courts to Death (TIME, Aug. 14). Last week three heads rolled off bloody blocks in the courtyards of Berlin prisons and a prominent Nazi official furnished correspondents with beheading facts.

Thus far the headsmen employed have been "usually butchers by trade." They are not yet wearing the ceremonial full dress prescribed...

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