Foreign News: The Sixth Winter

The sixth, and critical, winter of war settled upon Europe with chilling rains, hunger and uncertainty. It was different from any winter since 1939, for the focus of despair had shifted from German-occupied countries to Germany. But retreating Nazis left chaotic disruption, vital shortages, and something more portentous. Liberated Europe was like a sea bottom from which the ebbing of a foul tide had exposed strange, unfamiliar, disturbing forms—the forces of the social war of which World War II was a military expression.

Round 1. In Western Europe liberation had been a joyful binge. Now Europe had a hangover. In Brussels, as...

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