GERMANY: Incredible

To the hospital at Zweibrikken, ancient German town in the Pfalz, went Ruth Wegmann to visit her ailing mother. There the kindly young Fraulein saw a wounded Canadian airman, cheered him with a gift of an orange, some flowers, a few bright words.

Cold Nazi eyes noted the gesture. Hard Nazi justice sentenced the Fräulein to a year's hard labor, suspended her "civil rights" for three years. Moralized the Kölnische Zeitung: "Ruth Wegmann's attitude toward the enemy terror flyer is simply incredible. Such acts are unworthy of German women and contrary to our...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

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