GERMANY: Just an Old Cow Hand ...

Toward the end of World War II, a Kremlin visitor warned Stalin that the German Communist Party might—someday—outnumber and outdo the Russian party. Stalin snorted: "Communism on a German is like a saddle on a cow."

By 1951, Stalin's communizers of East Germany had learned from bitter experience that Stalin might be right. After nearly five years of trying to saddle their cow, they seemed to be having more trouble than ever. Last week Party Boss Walter Ulbricht decreed that East Germany's Socialist Unity Party (SED) would have to be purged. He announced...

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