WEST GERMANY: Twenty Years After

"I do not know the method of drawing up an indictment against a whole people." said Britain's Edmund Burke 175 years ago. Last week, on the 20th anniversary of the day that Nazi tanks rolled into western Poland and lit the flames of World War II. many of the political and intellectual leaders of West Germany, ignoring Burke's admonition, soberly indicted themselves and all their countrymen.

"This was the beginning of the descent into the abyss," said the Frankfurter Nene Presse in a special issue commemorating September1, 1939. "We and not Hitler alone-that is the nagging part of our memories." declared...

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