This week U.S. children had toys, candy and all the trimmings that traditionally go with Christmas. But it was a safe bet that no toy on Christmas Day aroused more ecstasy than a pair of new shoes given to a little boy in the U.S. zone of far-off Vienna. The little boy was an orphan. Like most of the children he knew, he had cause to realize that mere warmth, mere survival, are incomparably precious.

The new shoes were issued to him, shortly before Christmas, by the American Red Cross. They and their radiant owner embodied, this year, the meaning of...

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