The Press: Believe It or Not

The story was pretty tall, but the United Press climbed it in a jiffy. Over its wires last week came a story of a German boy of 17, whom the camp guards called "Father Germania." In a Copenhagen refugee camp, where women outnumbered the men 3-to-1, the boy had reportedly fathered 45 babies.

Cabled TIME'S careful Copenhagen correspondent last week:

"Story is so far unverifiable. The Central Refugee Camp Administration does not know. Story is traceable to frontier station Tinglev, where its originator, local newspaper tipster, a railway clerk, says he got it from colleague who heard it Monday from still unidentified...

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