WEST GERMANY: Panthers in the Streets

Hugo Werner was a tough, bossy German kid who liked to play cowboys and Indians. When his father was killed in an Allied air raid on Munich in 1943, twelve-year-old Hugo was shipped off to a children's camp in the country. There, as Hitler's armies crumbled, dark-eyed little Hugo recruited an army of his own; he called it the Panther Bande. One morning last week Hugo Werner, 22, and seven of his Panthers shuffled awkwardly into a Munich courtroom and went on trial for a series of three cold-blooded murders.

Amid the ruins of postwar Munich, thousands of homeless and...

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