GERMANY: Roses for Kasha

Kasha liked Berlin. Among the neighbors in suburban Dahlem's quiet Herrfurthstrasse, the personable little Airedale puppy soon made herself as popular as her mistress, pretty OMGUS Stenographer Betty Six. In normal times even Locksmith Walter Tietz might have petted the dog as she sniffed at the door of his shop in the Ladenbergstrasse.

But, like many another Berliner, 52-year-old Walter was hungry. So were his wife, his bedridden mother and his 4½-year-old son. When plump little Kasha came trotting by one day, Walter decided to bash her on the head with a...

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