WEST GERMANY: Ugly Reminders

It takes only a few delinquents with paintbrushes to create a series of anti-Semitic incidents. What matters, particularly in Germany these days, is how the rest of their countrymen feel about it.

Of the half million Jews who lived in Germany before the Nazis opened up concentration camps and crematoriums, a mere 30,000 remain among the 53 million West Germans today. They have no major influence in commerce or industry, are widely scattered and generally of advanced age.

On Christmas Eve in Cologne, hoodlums smeared swastikas and the words "Jews Out" on a new synagogue that Chancellor Konrad Adenauer had helped...

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