PERIPATETICS: Hey! Wait for Me!

An increasing number of fugitives were bursting out from behind the Iron Curtain with their clothes on fire. They were of two general kinds—Germans fleeing from the crushing caresses of their new Soviet masters; Soviet citizens fleeing from Russia. During August, 100,000 Soviet Zone Germans tried—about half of them successfully—to cross into the U.S. zone. Among them were some bigwigs:

Dr. Rudolf Paul, Minister President of Thuringia; Theodor Plivier, longtime Communist writer, whose book called Stalingrad won him Soviet kudos; Jena's Mayor Heinrich Mertens; Mühlhausen's Mayor Heinrich Stuecker; Mine Director Hans Grassman, who had bossed four Soviet workings in Saxony,...

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