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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 8, No. 8 June 27, 1945

A Hard Peace for Germany

A Hard Peace for Germany

The Germans are a dangerous and powerful, courageous and tenacious people. At the beginning of the war most people tried to draw a distinction between Nazis and Germans—there are still some good Germans, but it is to be feared that there is a small minority. There can be no peace while Germany remains powerful. The Nazi movement, the military class, and the industrialists must be destroyed and not permitted to go underground. We must be ruthless in dealing with war criminals, and the list must be long for the sake of our future safety. After this purge and the re-education of the people, more generous treatment may be meted out. If the best qualities of the people can be mobilised for good, then a new Germany can play an honourable part in the world organisation.

Professor Lipson concluded his address by briefly considering the effects of colour relations between the West and East, particularly as regards its effect on China and India.' "The draft charter provides the framework and machinery for peace. But no framework can endure unless it is built by, and brings with it, a spirit of loyalty."