Refugees: This Way Out

East Germans show uncommon imagination in escaping Walter Ulbricht's Communist prison state.* A circus troupe, animals, merry-go-round and all, once drove across to the West as if it were en route to a carnival. One man reinforced the family car with armor plate, then crashed through the Wall with wife and friends as the Communist Volkspolizei fired vainly at them. An East German locomotive engineer opened the throttle and took his whole train to West Berlin. But until last week, no one had found a way of reaching freedom under the...

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