THE SAARLAND: Over to Volkswagens

The last time the Saar "went home" to Germany, after a plebiscite in 1935, scarlet swastika banners waved, brownshirts yelled "Heil Hitler," and the Fuhrer's guttural shouts rasped from street-corner loudspeakers. No such vaunts and threats disturbed the sooty serenity of the Saar last week when the famed coal and steel region on the French border was restored a second time to the German economy.

Now that France and Germany are so interlocked by trade agreements and political alliance, the Saar and the other "lost provinces" have ceased to be war-making issues. Politically, the Saar was reunited with West Germany...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!