WEST GERMANY: The Lorenz Kidnaping: A Rehearsal?

In the chill of a Berlin winter's night, a man bound by tape to a bench in Wilmersdorf park struggled to free himself. Eventually, the man escaped his bonds, walked out of the park, found a telephone booth and called his wife. "Hello, Marianne. This is Peter," he said. The caller was Peter Lorenz, chairman of West Berlin's Christian Democratic Union and the party's candidate for mayor of the city. Six days earlier, he had been kidnaped by a gang of militant young anarchists, whose daring act startled all of West Germany (TIME, March 10). In the end, Lorenz...

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