GERMANY: Chaos -- and Comforts

Much of Hitler's Reich lay prostrate, exposed for all the world to see. The stabbing steel columns that lanced at military vitals had ripped away the barriers of Nazi secrecy.

Correspondents, at last inside Germany, were flabbergasted by the kaleidoscope of contrasts: war and peace, hunger and plenty, anger and kindness, ruin and feudal pomp, a fantastic blend of the modern and medieval. Wherever the tide of war engulfed it, the German state was disintegrating into chaos. Elsewhere, it was incredibly stable.

Rubble & Blossoms. By last week some 18,000 square miles of the...

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