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WORLD WAR II // 50 YEARS AGO TODAY

From newspapers of Sept. 26, 1945: Gen. Dwight Eisenhower orders that all German businesses in the American occupation zone of Germany purge themselves of Nazi managers and supervisors. Any business that persists in employing Nazis in any capacity but common laborers may be summarily closed. Eisenhower's order comes amid reports that denazification directives are being ignored or evaded on the ground of expediency. Three days ago, Gen. George Patton told a reporter he disagreed with the denazification program and likened the issue of nazism in Germany to Republican-Democratic rivalry in the United States. After receiving a letter from Eisenhower, Patton seeks to clarify his remarks, saying his choice of words may have been unfortunate. He appears unrepentant, however. Patton is now military governor of Bavaria. In the French Indochinese city of Saigon, British troops, aided by armed Japanese, fight a nationalist uprising against French rule.

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