GERMANY: Reprieve

At 9 o'clock on a foggy morning last week, the door of Landsberg Prison, where the U.S. holds some 500 German war criminals, swung open. Out came 29 men in rough-fitting ski pants, blue or grey jackets, no ties. They blinked at the waiting crowds. Berthold Krupp rushed up to older brother Alfried, heir to the bomb-shattered steel and munitions empire (only branch producing: the locomotive works), thrust a bouquet of daffodils and tulips into his hands. The two rode off in a black sedan to a champagne breakfast at Landsberg's best hotel.

Said 43-year-old Alfried, head of the Krupp...

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