GERMANY: When the Foehn Blows

The foehn* is a warm, dry wind that tumbles, sometimes with landslide suddenness, down the northern slopes of the Bavarian Alps. In winter and early spring, as it sweeps across Bavaria, it melts the snow and brings to the landscape a strange, bluish haze. German mountain-folk hold to an ancient belief that the foehn also brings sickness and melancholia in its blast.

Last week, the foehn again rolled across Bavaria and in its wake an unpredictable German politician, missing since he fled from the Russians last September, appeared in Munich as unexpectedly as...

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