Education: H (for Hebrew)

Gwynn's Falls Park Junior High School, in Baltimore, has 2,500 students, of whom 50% are German, 30% Jewish. Recently its teachers noticed that a group of boys had taken to signing swastikas to notes passed around the classrooms. They shrugged, wondered what boys would think of to do next. Last week they learned.

During a baseball game in the school yard one day, some 40 boys with swastikas inked on their bare arms, gathered around Melvin Bridge, 14.

"Are you a Jew?" barked one.

"Yes," quavered Melvin Bridge.

"Why are you a Jew?"

No answer.

Thereupon the 40 fell upon Melvin Bridge, inked a swastika on...

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