International: Battle of the Martyrs

A Communist cop walked up to the border dividing Berlin, glanced uneasily to left & right, and quickly unbuttoned his overcoat. To a West Berlin patrolman standing guard, the Communist whispered: "For your dead one," and handed over a wreath. Then he disappeared.

The dead one was Herbert Bauer, 26, the West Berlin policeman murdered on Christmas morning by three Red army soldiers (TIME, Jan. 5). He was buried last week at a state funeral attended by 200,000 angry West Berliners. An honor guard of 250 riot squadders snapped to attention as Bauer's cortege rolled into the square in front of West...

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