GERMANY: A Night with the Police

Three members of the German Social Democratic Party drove through the evening rain. Near the Neukölln Rathaus an American Military Police jeep halted the car. Party Chairman Max Fechner, Sec retary Fritz Schreiber, Committeeman Herman Schlimme followed the MPs into their headquarters at the Hermannplatz.

Inside, a sergeant brusquely asked why they had been speeding. Schreiber, the driver, replied that he had driven at a moderate pace. Grey-haired, austere Fechner then produced his identity papers to show that he was party chairman, holder of Card No. 17 from the Committee for the Victims of Fascism, and authorized...