GERMANY: Silence Is Suicide

In Germany's Soviet-occupied zone, one morning last week, a Dr. Becker settled himself at his big desk to open his mail. On top of the pile was a blank sheet, marked with a single big F. That same day, in the seaside town of Rostock, the sidewalks were strewn with Fs torn from the newspapers. In Leipzig, Weimar, Potsdam and the Soviet sector of Berlin, white, chalked Fs appeared on the shells of bombed-out buildings. The F stood for Freiheit—freedom from Soviet terror.

The fervent, forceful man who started this campaign of passive resistance is Rainer Hildebrandt, a 34-year-old German...

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