Education: Love Those Guards

To the nervous Communist bosses of East Germany, teaching kids to be vigilant against "Western imperialist agents" is just as important as the alphabet or arithmetic. Latest evidence is a recent issue of ABC Zeitung, a magazine aimed at "Young Pioneers" aged six to eleven, which even includes a cutout cardboard model of an amphibious truck used by "our National People's Army." Best of all is a game called "On Guard for Peace." Like similar U.S. games, the idea is to roll dice and advance so many spaces on an illustrated board. But for the Communist schoolchildren, the heroes are all...

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