GERMANY: Die Feme .

Das Schwarze Korps put it bluntly: "In occupied Germany ... no German official can carry out foreign orders without certain knowledge that he will shortly sit cold and stiff behind his desk. No German judge can pronounce a sentence dictated by the enemy without being found hanged in the night."

Germans muttered a shuddery word: Feme, from the Old German veme, meaning punishment. Cornered Nazis were turning back to the lawless early '20s, when Feme courts spread terror among republicans. They planned a second revival of the medieval Feme, the law of...

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