West Germany: Hurt, Bothered & Bewildered

All over West Germany on New Year's Eve, candles were lit and placed in windows to burn as symbols of the nation's hopes for reunification. Nonetheless, for Bonn the German New Year began in a mood of gloom. Cried the Bild-Zeitung in banner-headline indignation: SHOWDOWN WITH THE U.S. NO NEGOTIATIONS WITH MOSCOW OVER REUNIFICATION IN 1965!

The Germans' great fear is that the world—particularly the U.S.—will forget about the tragedy of their sundered country. Politicians of every political stripe vie with one another in their clarion calls, and the message comes especially...

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