GERMANY: Into Plowshares

In wartime Germany few names were more esteemed than that of Willy Messerschmitt, Germany's brightest plane designer. When Hermann Goring used to bellow for more fighters, fighters, fighters, it was "Professor" Messerschmitt who turned them out. Allied pilots paid Willy the highest compliment: when one of them began to jerk his head around nervously they called it "the Messerschmitt twitch."

In postwar Germany, where no planes are being built (because the occupation powers forbid it), Willy Messerschmitt, after a denazification court fined him $200 and let him go, might have become a...

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