A Letter From The Publisher, Apr. 12, 1948

In the past, TIME'S editors have written many roundups on the mood of Europe in the spring. Perhaps the best remembered of them (we still get letters referring to it) was called Springtime in Europe and read, in part:

Spring came to Germany a month late, and in Berlin, rainy and cold, people were singing a sprightly song called Bel Ami, crowding Hitler's favorite show, Melody in the Night (although Miriam Verne, U.S. dancer who caught Hitler's eye, had gone to Munich to play The Merry Widow). The Rhine suddenly rose, flooded machine gun...

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