PLAIN PEOPLE: And Who Is My Neighbor?

From Vienna, TIME Correspondent John Walker cabled:

When a nation and a continent are sick at soul, it may sometimes happen that some seemingly irrelevant incident, some senseless isolated instance of violence or stupidity, serves better than acres of learned analysis to yield a bright flash of insight into the breakdown of normal social and human standards. Such an incident occurred last week near Wiener-Neudorf, in Austria's Russian zone.

Out on the highway, put-putting toward Vienna, was a motorcycle carrying Herman Reitman, well-known Viennese motorbike rider, and a woman companion, Katharina Grünhut. A light sedan going faster in the same direction came...

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