Europe's outstanding example of mass production in industry, the great Bat'a Shoe Co. of Zlin, braced itself last week against a dire economic threat. Recent German press stories have declared: "The Bat'a family are Czech Jews." If this charge can be made to stick, Bat'a chain shoe stores in Vienna and other parts of Greater Germany face confiscation. Even if not made to stick it may seriously injure their business. Actually, most of the Bat'a family are tall, big-boned, straight-nosed, bristle-haired blonds.

But last week in his native Zlin (which lies in Moravia...

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