West Germany: Caving In

In Munich last week, a handful of German students gathered to hear a lecture on the "New Drama in Egypt." Instead of talking about drama, however, Egyptian Director-Actor Abbas Antar created it by dousing himself with gasoline, igniting himself with a match and screaming, "I am demonstrating for Nasser!"

As his fiery follower lay in a hospital bed last week, Gamal Abdel Nasser scored one of his greatest diplomatic victories by playing it cool. It began with an invitation to East Germany's Red Boss Walter Ulbricht to pay a six-day "friendship visit"...

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