Foreign News: Mr. & Mrs.

In the columns of the Berlin Kurier last week, a middle-aged German named Hans Hirthammer waxed reminiscent over his schooldays in Bavaria's Landshut. They were not happy days. The school's rector was a harsh man who used to set his bullying son to spy on and punish the pupils. Called a born criminal by his father, the boy delighted in dreaming up ingenious punishments. Sometimes he forced the students to empty huge garbage cans and then refill them piece by piece with their bare hands. One day the students rebelled and jammed the rector's...

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