WEST GERMANY: Forgotten Horror

What do you know about Hitler? Pointing his movie camera into dozens of high school classrooms, Frankfurt TV Reporter Jiirgen Neven-DuMont put his question to scores of German students aged 15 to 17. Telecast last week, their answers displayed a surprising ignorance of Nazi turpitude. In fact, nine out of every ten students either knew nothing at all about Adolf Hitler or thought that he had accomplished more good than harm. Sample replies:

¶ "Hitler revived Germany. He provided bread and work for 7,000,000 unemployed, and built the Autobahnen.'"

¶ "He punished taxi...

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