EAST-WEST: The Tension Heightens

Each after its own fashion. East and West Germany last week observed the seventh anniversary of Nazi Germany's surrender to the armies of Russia and the West. In a sleepy Rhineland village, John J. McCloy, U.S. High Commissioner for Germany, spoke up for the West. Germany and the allies, he said, "are taking three great steps at the same time: we are liquidating a war, we are making a peace and we are concluding a great alliance."

Peacemaking day was set for May 20; the Russians apparently hoped to make it peacewrecking day. The tingle of tension heightened between East...

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