THE AMERICAS: Back Where You Came From

Shepherded by a Coast Guard tug and three tootling patrol boats, the Swedish-American liner Drottningholm nosed into New York Harbor. She had come through the most dangerous waters in the world, with 40 searchlights playing on Swedish flags painted on her hull and on the word "DIPLOMAT" in letters 13 feet high. Aboard were 114 Americans repatriated from Norway and Sweden. In other ships, similarly lighted and on similar missions, there was under way last week the greatest exchange of diplomats and belligerent nationals in history.

Thirty-six countries were involved in the exchange of what might reach as high as 10,000...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!