GERMANY: Christmas in Berlin

Snow fell in Berlin last week, effacing" some of war's ugly scars. The kids were excited, like kids everywhere, with a good fresh pre-Christmas snow. Some of the grownups were excited, too, for they had plans for the kids. There was going to be a Christmas party in the Admiralspalast Theater for 2,000 youngsters of the U.S., Britain, Russia, France, and their German friends. Then the grownups' plans—as grownups' plans frequently do—went awry.

The famed boys' choir of the Dresden Kreuzkirche in the Russian zone was scheduled to sing songs of all nations. Although all four occupying powers had approved the...

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