International: Forget-me-nots

In the vine-covered county hall at ancient Ahrweiler, a U.S. military trial commission last week heard the story of a crime and gave the Germans a sample of U.S. justice.

A U.S. flyer, still unidentified, parachuted into a wheatfield near the town of Preist last Aug. 15. His parachute caught in a tree, and the flyer had a hard time getting down. A 74-year-old farmer, Nicholas Nospe, was working in the wheatfield and saw what happened next.

A crowd gathered. Crippled Peter Back, the local Nazi leader, rode up on his motor bike. When the...

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