West Germany: Crisis of Confidence

The powerhouse of Europe suddenly faces doubts and challenges In the prosperous seaport of Hamburg, some 60,000 young demonstrators, many with their faces painted a ghostly white, marched through the broad streets ten to 15 abreast. They carried signs reading ROCKETS OUT and PEACE WITHOUT WEAPONS. In the same city, just 24 hours earlier, West German Defense Minister Hans Apel was jeered into silence by a congress of devout Lutheran evangelicals, as he tried to explain his government's nuclear defense stand.

In Bonn, during one of the most high-strung sessions of the Bundestag...

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