EAST GERMANY: Hyenic Laughter

The pinnacle of hyenic humor was the hyena, the classic hyena, that hit too jar back while running, would circle madly, snapping and tearing at himself until he pulled his own intestines out, and then stood there, jerking them out and eating them with relish.

—Ernest Hemingway in The Green Hills of Africa The only other animal known to man as a self-devourer is the Communist Party, which, from time to time, may be observed consuming its own entrails. Last week in East Germany, the hyena jaws were relishing a larger mouthful than usual: Franz Dahlem, No. 3 German Communist....

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