EAST GERMANY: St. Angela

The businessmen of death

want to kill you, Comrade Angela.

But you will be free and will

become America's minister of education.

So goes a stanza in one of the pop tunes in East Germany these days. Comrade Angela, of course, is America's Angela Davis, the black revolutionary who has suddenly become the reigning heroine of East Germany. Leftists have demonstrated on her behalf elsewhere in Europe, but no other nation seems to be so deeply in the grip of Angelamania.

East German television features hour upon hour of "documentaries" about Angela. The radio broadcasts...

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