RUSSIA: Servant Problem

Missing from the prisoners' dock at Minsk's war-crimes trial was a notable offender—Wilhelm Kube, Commissioner General of Byelorussia during the German occupation. Last week's testimony told why.

Anita Kube, his blond wife, had bragged all over Minsk about her household staff of a dozen servants. "Twelve Russian swine," she was fond of repeating, in her arrogant Nazi way, "are cheaper than one good German maid."

One of Frau Kube's twelve swine was a brown-haired, blue-eyed girl named Galya Mazanik. In the chamber where Commissioner Kube slept alone, innocent-looking Galya planted a mine one September evening in 1943. It was a dud. Back...

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