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Soap box derby in Germany, 1948
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: September 30, 2017
Henry Compton ©Stars and Stripes
Ulm, Germany, July, 1948: While many of their counterparts on the other side of the Iron Curtain spent the postwar years carrying pictures of Stalin through the streets of East Berlin, hundreds of West German kids were enthusiastically taking part in an iconic American activity, the soap box derby. Here, all eyes are on one particularly intense-looking competitor at the starting line of a derby in Ulm that drew 225 entries and a crowd of 30,000 spectators along the Romerstrasse.
Stars and Stripes' 1948 story about the soap box derby at Ulm.