World: Traitors & Patriots

A garrulous, gravel-cheeked woman of enormous appetites had a hand in Russia's afflictions. If Catherine the Great (1729-96) had not urged Germans to colonize her Tartar-ravaged Volga lands, there might have been no islands of Germanic peoples pocking the lower Volga-Don region, hard behind the present battle line.

In that region the Russians last week announced a huge roundup of fifth columnists abetted by Nazi parachutists. In one Don sector alone 45 fifth columnists were summarily shot. Russian accounts did not identify them as part of the Germanic minority, but German-Russians. who have...

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