WEST GERMANY: LAND OF THE ALMOST-FREE

WEST GERMANY

"I am very satisfied," said stern-faced Konrad Adenauer last week, with a rare smile. He, the Chancellor and Foreign Minister of West Germany, had just come from a meeting in Paris with the U.S. Secretary of State, British Foreign Secretary and French Foreign Minister. For the first time, the German had been treated as an equal by the conquerors. "We have become partners only six years after the collapse," said Adenauer trimphantly.

The end of the Occupation, and the departure of the Allied Commissioners, was drawing near—but not complete independence. What...

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