World: Blood Brothers

The louse possesses qualities of dogged persistence and patient diligence which arouse that admiration, thinly masked by a pretense of loathing, which men similarly feel for competing races whom they fear, and, therefore, persecute. (We refer to the "Blond Aryan" complex. . . .) —Hans Zinsser: Rats, Lice and History.

Blond Aryans with the louse complex were threatened by their blood brothers last week. Typhus was spreading through Poland to the Baltic States. Most of it was spotted typhus, carried by lice. German officials, settlers and soldiers were warned to avoid all contact with Polish "natives." Schools were closed in at least...

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