National Geographic : 1970 Jan
concentration camp and were murdered. I went to Diisseldorf for a while and worked in the youth movement there, but I soon decided that, for someone with my convictions, the GDR was the best place. "I worked as a mechanic in a factory. At the age of 36, I was sent by the state to the Technical University of Dresden. In 1963 I came here as managing director. I am now 45. This is what I mean by changing people. Here I truly believe that any man has an oppor tunity to develop. We need well-qualified people. Our goal is that every fourth person have a university degree." Mr. Dellheim draws a salary of 2,500 marks ($625) a month, and he and all his workers may receive an annual bonus of an extra month's pay as a production incentive. "I am completely responsible for the de velopment of this plant and the sale of our machines," he said as I was leaving. "We give the state a 20-percent return annually on its invested capital. Our production is sold out for 1969, 1970, and 1971. We used to compare ourselves to the Soviet Union. Now we are striving to be the best in Europe. And after that we will look to the United States, and be better than you are."