GERMANY: The Eve of Decision I

The memory of death and destruction (see p. 18), a sense of imminent crisis clung to travelers who came out of Germany. Swedes returning home in unusual numbers limned a portrait of a nerve-taut nation, racked but ready for fateful decisions.

A Nation's Talk. In underground shops and shelters, in shattered homes and streets, the Germans' first topic of talk was the bombings. A trailing second place went to what everyone called "the imminent Anglo-Saxon invasion." A lagging third was the once all-absorbing Russian front.

Adolph Hitler no longer was idolized as he...

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