EUROPE: Hunger

A month ago the storks passed south over Berlin. Last week the violet skies of Avignon were grey and winter rains shuddered over the cobblestones of Paris. Ice edged out from the banks of canals in Holland, and in the Dolomites snow crunched underfoot. Ukranian peasants used to say: "nash didus ide," meaning that winter, a bundled-up old grandfather, had come to visit. They did not say that this year. All Europe feared the fourth winter of World War II. It would be known as the year of organized hunger.

When the Germans...

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