International: Journey to the West

Berliners were happy, but they did not dance in the streets. A few hundred, with garlands of lilac and forsythia, waited quietly under a bright moon to welcome the first motor traffic from the free West. That honor went to U.S. correspondents, who staged a pressmen's circus, racing their cars along the Autobahn (and into the headlines back home). Next day was a school holiday, and the black, red & gold flag of the old Weimar Republic, now the banner of the new West German state, flew everywhere—20,000 flags had been shipped in by...

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