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WORLD WAR II // 50 YEARS AGO TODAY

From newspapers of Sept. 21, 1945: Effective Oct. 1, American and other Allied occupation troops in Germany may marry Germans and be billeted in private homes if their commanders-in-chief approve, the Allied Control Council announces in Berlin. Until now, fraternization with Germans has been permitted only in public places. American military officials say a large number of babies fathered by GIs will be born within the next six months in Germany. It seems the fathers will be allowed to assume support of the children even though non-fraternization rules obviously have been ignored. "It is recognized that in some situations there will be at least a few soldiers with sincere desires to form permanent unions with German girls," a New York Times reporter writes. Maj. Gen. Edward King, who was captured at Corregidor in 1942 and spent three years in prison camps, says he and his fellow prisoners hold a "hatred that will never lessen" toward the Japanese. "Even now, relaxed in my library at home here, I am vividly reminded of the bitterness we encountered while in the hands of an enemy who knew only treatment by force," King writes in an article for the North American Newspaper Alliance.

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