GERMANY: Ghost Voice

In the streets of Frankfurt last week, black, red and gold tricolors whipped in the wind. They meant nothing to some people. "What a waste of cloth," said one old Hausfrau. "Think of the dresses all those flags could make."

But thousands of Germans last week remembered the tricolors as the flag of Germany's first parliament, which had met in the Pauls-Kirche just 100 years ago. The Frankfurt Assembly had died young, succumbing to the "unity" of Berlin and Bismarck. Last week those who remembered those lost beginnings gathered at battered old St. Paul's.

Runner from the East. Inside the church, Frankfurt's...

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