Foreign News: For Whom the Bell Tolls

In Paris and throughout France the collaborationist trials were beginning. Special prosecutors studied lists containing 100,000 names to determine who should go free, who should be haled before one of the 114 special courts.

First before the Paris court came Georges Suarez, tough-minded former editor of the collaborationist Aujourd'hui. During the Nazi occupation, his editorials had exhorted Frenchmen to betray members of the Resistance. "Informing used to be a necessity," he said, "now it is an obligation." Suarez also liked to quote French Catholic Writer Joseph de Maistre: "The executioner is the keystone...

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