Jerje Granberg, a Swedish newspaperman, left Berlin in a car no money could buy but which he got for "two old suits, some socks, ties, and two pounds of coffee." In Sweden, he described the German capital as it awaits the Red Army siege:

"As far as the city stretches, fortifications block the streets and byways. When I drove from Berlin it took me 90 minutes to travel six miles because the barricades are so thick it is difficult to pass them. . . . If everything goes 'according to plan,' one may predict...

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