World Battlefronts: We Are a Shamed People

Many more Germans preferred to give up rather than die on the western front last week. The number of captured, greatly swollen by Volksstürmer, was rapidly nearing 1,000,000 since April 1. Yet some did choose death. In Leipzig, the U.S. First Army discovered a grotesque tableau of suicide in the City Hall (see FOREIGN NEWS ). And there was a young sniper captured in Leipzig who talked himself into self-slaughter.

Blond, pudgy, slack-mouthed, sullen and mean-eyed, the sniper ranted about the disgrace of capture, said he would rather have died for his Führer....

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