In Switzerland, schoolchildren playing on the Lake of Constance can stare across the water at German soldiers on patrol. In Basel, citizens can see the Germans on the streets beyond the frontier line. Across the country near Geneva, pot-helmeted Wehrmacht troopers pace stolidly behind the barbed-wire barricade that blocks the road to France. On every side, beyond the narrow confines of their democracy, stands the German.

The Swiss have a law which concerns democracy and how to keep it against fifth-column work. It provides fines or imprisonment for anyone who tries to...

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