GERMANY: The Jo Vote

Germany's Russian-zone Communists this week staged one of the most successful Hitler-style ja elections in history. Citizens were free to vote either ja or nein to a single list of candidates. They were free to vote out in the open where Communist checkers could see them, or to go into a polling booth. Catch was that Communist election workers noted the names of all who used the polling booths. Fearing Communist reprisals, nearly all East Germans voted out in the open and voted ja.

The results were not surprising. Less than 24 hours...

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