GERMANY: A Peek through the Curtain

The iron curtain across Europe parted a little last week. Escorted by Russian officers, seven U.S. newspapermen, among them TIME Correspondent Jack Fleischer, toured rich, lightly war-damaged Thuringia, southwest of Berlin, in the Russian zone. When they returned to Berlin, Fleischer reported this conviction—that the goal of Russian occupation policies is a socialized Germany.

Politics. The Russians, Fleischer cabled, are fighting for socialism by shotgunning the Social Democratic party into a wedding with the Communists. Politicians, German officials, Russian officers conceded that for all practical purposes the merger had already taken...

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