WEST GERMANY: Meeting the Whispers

Last week, opening his campaign to become West Germany's next Chancellor, West Berlin's Socialist Mayor Willy Brandt, 46, decided to meet some ugly whispers head on. Enemies were saying he was born a bastard and, during World War II, "turned his back on Germany" to become "one of the enemy." To a Social Democratic Party congress in Hannover, Brandt said: "It is true. I have been called Willy Brandt for 'only' the past 28 years." He had adopted the name at 19, when he fled his native town of Lübeck to work with the anti-Nazi underground in Norway....

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