A polyglot mass of Russians, Frenchmen, Poles, Belgians, Netherlander, Italians, Serbs, Bulgars, Greeks threatened to clog and millstone the victors in broken Germany (see FOREIGN NEWS). They were going home or escaping war or just falling in with the vague, aimless movement of the mass.

The Allied armies called them "displaced persons" or D.P.s, tried only to get them out of the way. A few officers hurriedly detailed, a few doctors and nurses scrounged supply and transport for them as best they could. Nobody had been prepared for this handicap of unexpectedly rapid...

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