GERMANY: Verboten

From across the Iron Curtain, the warning came: Hopalong Cassidy keep out. Soviet authorities in East Berlin last week laid down rules for the kind of fancy-dress costumes school kids may wear during Fasching, the month-long Teutonic version of Mardi Gras. There must be no Red Indian and Negro minstrel costumes: "These are suppressed peoples whose fight for freedom would not be supported by such masquerades." Also verboten: cowboy outfits, which represent "materialist and imperialist tendencies." Recommended substitutes: "costumes of freedom-loving and progressive peoples like the Chinese, Bulgarians and Hungarians."


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