Bonn: Painful Reminiscences

While the victorious Allies have marked V-E day each year with parades and speeches, the enormity of Germany's guilt and shame has imposed an anguished silence upon that country. Last week, 25 years after the Zusam-menbruch (collapse) of the Third Reich, West Germany's first Social Democrat Chancellor broke with tradition. In a 21-minute speech to the Bundestag, Brandt declared that "no one is free from the history he has inherited."

An anti-Nazi who fled Germany in 1933, Brandt said that, while West Germany has become a respected and envied member of the family of nations, "we must not forget that...

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