National Affairs: Sippenhaft

Like thousands of other German youngsters, Hilde Speer, a button-bright 16-year-old student at Heidelberg's Elisabeth von Thadden School, would like nothing better than a chance to go to an American school. She saw her chance last spring in a notice in the local paper: a number of German youngsters were going to be sent to the U.S. as exchange students. Hilde wrote a letter stating her reason for wanting to go: "I want to become acquainted with the people [of the U.S.], the poor as well as the rich, the land, the big cities, and the many problems of America." Last...

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