GERMANY: Pieck's Progress

In Berlin's Russian zone the press announced big news: with Russian blessing, the capital's four political parties had forged the Anti-Fascist Democratic Union. The new German popular front had agreed on a five-point program: 1) cleansing Germany of Hitlerite remnants; 2) speedy reconstruction to provide work, bread, shelter and clothes; 3) a democratic state; 4) freedom of thought and worship; 5) recognition of Germany's reparation debts.

The Union's chief architect and the man most likely to dominate its central committee was shrewd, grey Communist Wilhelm Pieck, onetime Reichstag Deputy, more recently a founder and charter member of Moscow's Free Germany...

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