FRANCE: Individual Judgment

Individual Judgement

In Alsace one day last week, a restaurant owner publicly tore off his Legion of Honor ribbon, the French flag was flown at half-mast, army reserve officers sent in their military papers, lawyers refused to appear in court, and church bells tolled—all in protest against the verdict of a French military court 350 miles away in Bordeaux. Among the 20 former SS soldiers found guilty that morning of having taken part in the massacre of 642 men, women & children at Oradour-sur-Glane in 1944 (TIME, Jan. 26) were 14 Alsatians. Mostly youths of about 17 at...

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