Foreign News: Very Warm for May

For two months, East German Communists had militantly whooped up a Whitsunday youth march on West Berlin. The Reds had proclaimed that, on May 28, half-a-million members of the Communist-run FDJ (Freie Deutsche Jugend) would converge on Berlin's Western sectors in military formation. Their slogan: "Forward—Berlin Must Be Ours!" In Meissen, a Communist speaker had added a warlike warning. Said he: "When the first shot is fired, that will be the signal for the storming of Berlin!"

Last week the Communists switched their tune. The new theme was not war, but hearts & flowers. On its front page the Berlin Communist...

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