Foreign News: Back-Seat Driving

In Russian-occupied Germany the pattern of rule continued to emerge. So did the members of Russia's former Free Germany Committee. A fortnight ago the Communist and Social Democratic Parties reconstituted themselves and agreed to a joint program (TIME, July 9). Last week 17 industrial and commercial trade unions were organized under a joint Communist and Social Democratic trade-union committee. Its leaders, both fresh from concentration camps, were Communist exReichstag deputy Roman Chwalek and Social Democratic trade-union leader Otto Brass, who for several years served as chief of his party's underground work in Nazi Germany.

The committee's program was somewhat vague but militant:...