West Germany: A Most Unlovely Election

"Nazi, pfui! Nazi, pfui!" hissed the scores of West Germans who milled about in front of the state parliament building in Stuttgart, the capital of the big southwestern state of Baden-Württemberg. The object of the hisses paid no attention. Adolf von Thadden, 46, whose far-rightist party had just polled 10% of the vote in the Baden-Württemberg elections, strode into the building to talk with newsmen. "Despite the efforts of everyone to keep us out of the state parliament," he said, "the National Democrats have won their most beautiful victory so far."

For West Germany, Von Thadden's victory was anything but...

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