WEST GERMANY: The Old Man Steps Aside

My wish is that when mankind looks beyond the clouds and dust of our times, it can be said of me that I have done my duty.

—Konrad Adenauer

Konrad Adenauer is a man used to making his own lonely decisions. With single-minded discipline and skill, he has done more than anyone else to raise his country from ruin and disgrace to riches and repute in ten short years. And it was his command decisions which committed West Germany firmly to Western Europe and the Atlantic Alliance.

Behind the flinty monolith of his public...

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