EAST GERMANY: The New Exodus

For weeks the refugee flow had been increasing. Suddenly, over the Easter weekend, it became a torrent. In four days, more than 4,200 East Germans, carrying their meager belongings in sacks and briefcases, showed up in West Berlin and at West German border points. It was the biggest exodus since the 1953 revolt in East Germany. All last week hundreds more arrived daily as harried West Berlin officials hastily arranged special flights to move them out of the city.

Gangs & Loudspeakers. The vast majority of the fleeing thousands were farmers, victims...

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