THE NATIONS: Sunshine

After weeks of heavy fog, the winter sun broke through last week and shone brightly on Berlin. The sound of the airlift planes, which had dwindled to a whisper, swelled to a cheering roar. Not since the blockade began had the morale of West Berlin been so high.

At the polls the people had recorded a smashing defiance of Communism (TIME, Dec. 13). Colonel Frank Howley, the hard-bitten commander of the city's U.S. sector, welcomed West Berliners to "a place in the free world of men and women"—but warned them that further sacrifices...

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