GERMANY: Red Recessional

Less than 24 hours after the Russian-backed SED (Socialist Unity Party) went down to crashing defeat in Berlin's municipal elections, the Kremlin struck with a new, sharp policy of further removals of men and machinery. But the move was a defensive one which confessed defeat of more grandiose aims; it was a recessional from the Red dream of immediate domination of Germany. It was also the frankest admission to date of Soviet internal stresses and shortages.

At 2 a.m. on Oct. 23, all over the Soviet zone, doorbells began buzzing. Men who answered found Soviet troops on their stoops with...

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