Foreign News: The People & the Future

To the plain people of Germany the future is a blank space—when they have time to think of it. Mostly they don't, since the present holds too many problems of bare existence. But last week, in flattened Frankfurt, TIME Correspondent Percy Knauth found a German civilian, ex-mayor of a nearby town, who had thought earnestly about the future. Knauth's report:

This German is an expressive, voluble man, and he grasped his head with both hands and said: "When I start thinking about the problem of reconstruction alone my head swims. How in God's name are we ever going to rebuild this city?...

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