GERMANY: Against the People

The Nürnberg International Military Tribunal acquitted three top Nazis—Radio Spokesman Hans Fritzsche, Banker Hjalmar Schacht, Diplomat Franz von Papen—of war crimes. In Nürnberg last week, the lantern-jawed Fritzsche found his fellow Germans less forgiving. A denazification court sentenced Fritzsche to nine years at hard labor for "political crimes against the German people," stripped him of civil rights and property (including the privilege of ever, again owning an automobile).

Before another all-German denazification tribunal, foxy old Papen was making a belligerent defense. The prosecution contended that he had forged the Hindenburg will which aided Hitler's accession to power; Papen hotly denied...

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