THE NATIONS: Enormous Errand

From Stockholm to London, and then to Washington, the electric word flashed: Nazi authorities wanted to surrender all that was left of the German Army and Germany. But they wanted to surrender only to the Americans and the British, not to the dread Russians. Back went the answer: surrender to all or none.

The messenger was Count Folke Bernadotte, a Swedish nobleman, Boy Scout enthusiast and general do-gooder who married U.S. Heiress Estelle Manville (Johns-Manville asbestos) in 1928. Recently he had been living near Hamburg, representing the Swedish Red Cross.

Few days ago...