GERMANY: Old Debts

In three European capitals last week, the old but ever horrifying story of Nazi cruelties unfolded again.

¶ In Warsaw, Erich Koch, former Gauleiter of East Prussia and Hitler's Reichskommissar in occupied Ukraine, stood accused of responsibility or complicity in the gas-chamber and concentration-camp deaths of 4,000,000 Russians, 160,000 Jews and 72,000 Poles. After nearly a decade in prison and four months on trial, frail emaciated Erich Koch, now 62, was still defiant. Coughing into a handkerchief, sipping tea and porridge to rally his strength, Koch made long, fiery speeches in...

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