Foreign News: THE SIDE OF THE VOLCANO

WEST Berliners resemble the peasants who live on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius. They are not easily frightened by international rumblings, sulphuric diatribes, or the hot-lava flow of Communist threats. Though their city is split in two, though they are completely surrounded by Communist territory. West Berliners view the situation calmly and glory in the nickname Insulaner—islanders.

Sweltering Day. Some 500 streets are sealed off in police-guarded dead ends, often with two West German policemen on one side, six East German policemen on the other. Streetcars and buses come to abrupt stops, and only subways and elevated trains run unhampered throughout the...

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