Foreign News: Trying to Escape

Since announcements of German beheadings and prison sentences are now often months delayed, Vienna's meticulous daily Telegraf last week chose the year ending June 30, 1934 for analysis of punitive statistics released by the German Ministry of Justice.

Excluding 184 Germans officially listed as "shot while trying to escape," excluding also some hundred wiped out during the Hitler-Göring "Blood Purge," Vienna's careful Telegraf found that 212 German heads officially "rolled in the sand," struck off by the Nazi executioner's broadax.

During the same year Germans served enough time in prison to average one...

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