GERMANY: The Double Flow

The number of East Germans fleeing west (3,500,000 since 1945) is again on the rise. Reason: the Communist regime has launched another big drive to collectivize the East German countryside.

Gangs of agitators 70-and 80-strong descend on villages, plaster handbills on walls, harangue the people over loudspeakers, and turn every threat and promise on each individual farmer to join "the beautiful socialist society." Some farmers have committed suicide rather than submit. Many have slaughtered their livestock. The Erfurt Communist newspaper, Das Volk, recently reported 380 barn burnings in its district. And the most desperate have wrenched themselves away from their ancestral...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!