THE BALKANS: Down the Danube

Spring came to southeastern Europe last week. Adolf Hitler could have put a canoe into a tiny stream in the Black Forest and followed the last chunks of ice down a Danube swollen by the 300 tributaries which interlace his new domain. The sights would be gruesome or inspiring, depending on where he stopped.

Austria. At his beloved Vienna, Hitler would hear from his Gauleiters about "joyous celebrations" on the fourth anniversary of the Anschluss. But if he took a bath in the Imperial Hotel, where he stayed in the spring of 1938, Hitler would have to dry himself with paper...

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