GERMANY: Spreading Hesitation

The sudden thunder of artillery that exploded the length of the German lines in Poland at 3 a.m. on June 22, 1941 signaled the start of Hitler's drive on Russia. Last week the Soviet government issued a proclamation which opened with a reference to that ominous day, but concluded: "The state of war between the Soviet Union and Germany is ended, and peaceful relations are established." The Soviet gesture came 3½ years after the Western powers ended their state of war with Germany. What alone gave it significance was its place in a steady procession of Russian moves toward...

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