WEST GERMANY: Red Hands Across the Border

"Is Germany to become the second front of the Algerian War?" the Frankfurter Rundschau demanded. What angered the Rundschau as well as many other Germans was a three-year chain of bombings and killings in West Germany, all unpunished. Most of the victims were Algerian nationalists, or the men who sell them arms for Algeria.

The troubles began in September 1956, when a bomb hidden in a fire extinguisher smashed the office of a Hamburg sporting-goods dealer named Otto Schlüter, killing one man. Schluter's "sporting" weapons, police say, included hand grenades and medium guns bought in Communist Czechoslovakia and destined for...

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