Crackling rifle shots and a couple of ropes yanked taut in Europe last week, and a few old debts were paid.

¶ Leaning on a cane, hook-nosed Fernand de Brinon, former Vichy representative to German-occupied France, limped to an execution post at the Fort de Montrouge, outside Paris. A volley from the firing squad ended him.

¶ At Bratislava a fat, bullet-headed Roman Catholic priest walked to the gallows. On the scaffold, Dr. Josef Tiso, ex-president of the wartime Nazi puppet state of Slovakia, murmured a prayer and clutched a rosary. Seven minutes after the trap was sprung, the rosary fell...

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