GERMANY: Shuttlecock-on-the-Rhine

Seven times in 300 years the German river port of Kehl on the Rhine has fallen into French hands, an incidental prize in the long series of wars between Germans and French. Last week, for the seventh time, the French handed Kehl back to the Germans.

The story of transfer No. 7 dates from 1940, when the Nazis occupied Alsace-Lorraine and decided, now that both sides of the Rhine were theirs, to include traditionally German Kehl as part of Strasbourg, which is on the west side of the Rhine. When the Germans retreated, the French moved in, cheerfully accepting the...

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