THE NATIONS: Time Out for Caterwauling

French and Germans were hissing and snarling at each other over the Saar region again.

In a fortnight of caterwauling nationalism, the German press screamed that the French were plotting economic annexation of the Saar. Bonn's Minister of Justice Thomas Dehler scoffed at French fears. German aggression, he said, was a "fairy tale"; German responsibility for the first World War had been no greater than France's. "Hitler," he shouted, "was a product of the Versailles treaty and of France's own despondency." To emphasize the Saar issue, the Bonn government called off a trade parley with the Quai d'Orsay.

The French came...

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