FRANCE: Wedding Party

Buchenwald had taught Mayor Doinel of Brunoy that "there are no good Germans." For five months he had blocked the marriage of his fellow townsman, swart Achille Nicolo, who had also returned from German captivity, with a German bride-to-be. But the Mayor could carry obstruction no further. The papers of the couple were in perfect order. The Department Subprefect had warned him that he must perform the ceremony.

To Brunoy's drab Town Hall came the bride, her pregnant body wrapped in a worn rabbit fur coat, and the bridegroom, his shoulders hunched in...

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