The Cold War: Death Strip

While the West's eyes were focused on Walter Ulbricht's ugly Berlin wall, a greater, equally ugly wall was being built —almost unnoticed by the world—along the entire East-West German frontier. It consists of two parallel concrete and barbed-wire fences, with land mines seeded in between. When it is finished, it will run from the Baltic coastal resort of Travemunde to the Czech border, turning all of East Germany into a giant concentration camp. Last week TIME Correspondent William Rademaekers toured the 834-mile border. His report:

It is cold and overcast on the...

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