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Prussia 300

NPR's Guy Raz reports from Germany on the controversy marking this year's celebrations of the three hundredth anniversary of the founding of the Kingdom of Prussia. Many Germans are looking back in appreciation of Prussia's cultural achievements -- the genius of Bach, the rococo palaces, civil rights for minorities and a state social security system. But for others, Prussia represents, above all, the militarism and unquestioning respect for authority that gave rise to Nazism.

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