Berlin: Christmas Carol

Not even Scrooge was mean enough to throw stones at Christmas trees. But last week in Berlin. East German Vopos pegged rocks at the twinkling colored lights strung on some 800 Christmas trees set up along the West Berlin side of the hated Wall dividing the city. The Communist policemen were poor shots—in a week of rock throwing they darkened only eight trees which were promptly replaced.

In this holiday season the Wall seems to grow higher and stronger. In German, the future is often implied in the present tense. Berliners say. "Die Mauer bleibt" —the Wall remains, and will remain....

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