The Return of Germany: A Tale of Two Countries

The Return of Germany: A Tale of Two Countries

The Return of Germany: A Tale of Two Countries

The Return of Germany: A Tale of Two Countries

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The giant stirs again. Seven years ago, after a fight to the finish with his neighbors and enemies, he was prostrate. Some believed him dead, or at least permanently crippled. When he turned out to be neither dead nor a hopeless invalid, many became uneasy, even fearful.

The giant is Germany. The German people are more numerous than any other people of Western Europe. The German soil contains more iron and coal -- the backbone of the nation's strength in peace as well as in war -- than any other country in Europe. The sum total of initiative, drive, and hard work of which Germany is capable, is believed to outrival the capabilities of all the rest of the continent put together.

Only yesterday this giant set out to conquer the continent. He almost succeeded in crushing Europe and in threatening, for years to come, America's life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Germany then was Nazi Germany -- a totalitarian giant.

Today Germany is recovering her strength. Her factories are working again, her representatives sit again as equals at international meetings, and her people seem again to be moving along the road on which they were stopped less than a decade ago in defeat and disgrace. "Again" is the key word, a word that has made Germany's return to life a not altogether cheerful event to her neighbors. For the but partly healed wounds and the painful memories of yesterday have also begun to stir again.

In the eyes of many Westerners, Germany looms up once more as the giant of yesterday, returning to the scene of action with . . .

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