West Germany: Hubris Remembered

Twenty-five years ago, Hitler's planes and Panzers invaded Poland, plunging Europe and eventually some 53 nations into the planet's bloodiest war. At the time, Hitler pretended that the Poles had forced him to fight. But in ceremonies across the nation last week commemorating the ugly anniversary, West German leaders were in no mood to shrug off their country's responsibility for the war.

In Aachen, West Berlin Mayor Willy Brandt unveiled a memorial to European unity with the plea that "the dead of the nations of Europe shall not have passed into nothingness." Free Democratic Party Leader Erich Mende in a...

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