West Germany: We Want to Liberate Ourselves

Tensions rise between peace activists and U.S. troops

The knock on the front door was not threatening, nor was the visitor's message. "We are from the peace initiative," the voice said. "We want to talk to you about the missiles." But the U.S. soldier's young wife living in Mutlangen, West Germany, near a major U.S. Army depot, refused even to reply until her unexpected caller had departed. Moments later, when she hesitantly opened the door, she found an anti-Pershing-missile leaflet on her doorstep. "I didn't answer because I was scared," she said. "I don't know what they have against us."

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