Hunger walked into Greece and planted a plague of typhus. Hunger appeared in French schoolrooms and the children fainted. Hunger rubbed its hands over the faces of Polish peasants and left cadavers. Then hunger appeared at the boundaries of Germany.

Nazi ministers, ranting against "the worst winter in 150 years," issuing new decrees and rushing in thousands of farm laborers from conquered countries, showed that Germany well remembered when hunger struck behind the lines in 1918. That one ghastly year of starvation and the following years of inflation left German streets haunted for years afterward by teen-age children selling their bodies...

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