West Germany: Remembrance

Two specters rose to remind Germans of events that took place a quarter century and more ago, but had still the power to evoke deep emotions.

A Building Revived. In West Berlin, the Reichstag once again became habitable. A huge, florid structure of Silesian sandstone—since 1894 the home of whatever democracy Germany knew from the days of Bismarck through the Weimar Republic—the building had bulked vacant and lifeless ever since it was gutted by fire on Feb. 27, 1933. The Nazis claimed the fire was kindled by Communists as the signal for a...

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