Foreign News: Rhetorical Retreat

Black-uniformed black-helmeted Schutzstaffel (Special Guards) ringed Berlin's Kroll Opera House last week while a battalion of grey Reichswehr troops stood as a guard of honor before the door. In public squares all over Berlin, all over Germany, other crowds stood gaping at the trumpet horns of loudspeakers. Inside the Opera House the brown-shirted Reichstag had been called to order by paunchy Hermann Wilhelm Göring. It had risen, once to honor the memory of Bavarian Minister of Education Hans Schem, killed in an airplane accident, once to do the same for the late...

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