PRISONERS: Homecoming

Across West Germany, newspapers and radio stations broke the news with one simple phrase: "Sie kommen!" (They are coming!). All Germans knew what it meant. Eight years after war's end, the U.S.S.R. was sending home "the last" of the Germans still held in Russia as prisoners of war.

Great crowds set off for Herleshausen, a border village where the Russians would deliver the prisoners. It was an odd, silent pilgrimage—government officials, clerics, rich Germans from the cities, farmers in their Sunday best. All wore the strained expression of desperate hope.

"Have You Seen This Man?" At the border, Communist trucks unloaded...

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