A confident and firm Konrad Adenauer rose last week in the newly elected Bundestag and looked around the big chamber with satisfaction. "The extremes of the left-wing [Communists] and the right-wing [Nazis] ... are no longer represented in this Bundestag," said he. "The German people can be proud of this . . . They have emphatically refuted the view held in certain quarters that Germany tended to extreme political beliefs . . ."

With flinty pride, the tough old (77) Chancellor ticked off the story of West Germany's rise from economic anemia to...

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