27 JULY 1996, Page 26

Sensitive citizens

Sir: Your correspondent Herr Lorenz (Let- ters, 20 July) does well to remind us of the sterling qualities of the citizens of Ham- burg. How sensitively they built the U-boats which so nearly brought us to ruin; how sensitively they sent their Jewish fellow- townsmen to their doom. Indeed, when I read such a sensitive letter, if it does not wrench my heart, at least it turns my stomach. M Hammerton

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