GERMANY: Crack of Doom

Bomb-weary Berliners sat down to another dreary dinner. From radio loudspeakers came pleasant music, scheduled to be followed by a useful lecture on the extermination of rats. The lecture never came. Instead a tense voice clipped in: "Today an attempt was made on the life of the Führer with explosives. . . ."

Around the world as in Berlin the tense voice sounded like the crack of doom. The one question that flashed through every mind was: is this the end, "the crackup? Had the long-awaited struggle between Hitler and his generals begun?...

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