Education: The Tie of Blood

In a hillside inn overlooking the George August University of Göttingen, Germany, students sat around a table one night last week drinking beer. They were dressed in their Sunday best; but each also sported a brightly colored cap, and each wore across his chest a brightly colored ribbon. These were the regalia of the Burschenschaften—the ancient dueling corporations that were banned after the war. For the first time in six years, Göttingen's corporations were holding their semester convention right out in the open.

Rector Wolfgang Trillhaas was with the students, but he was not sure that he approved. "Personally," said Trillhaas over...

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