GERMANY: Mission to America

From Otto von Bismarck who founded the line, through Adolf Hitler to the 22nd and present incumbent, not a single German Chancellor has visited the U.S.—or been asked to. One dappled spring day last week, West Germany's Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, clutching a bon voyage bouquet of damp, limp jonquils and violets, flew off to Le Havre. There he boarded the liner United States for New York. His trip, he predicted, would benefit "our Vaterland, Europe and the free world." With him went his fresh-faced, 27-year-old schoolteacher daughter, Lotte. Also aboard: a modest retinue of press, protocol and foreign-relations advisers,...

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