East Germany: The Strongest Emotion

Despite 21 years of isolation, continuous anti-West propaganda and the ominous presence of 22 Soviet divisions, the strongest political emotion in East Germany remains a fervent desire for reunification with West Germany. The strength of that desire was reflected all across the walled-in country last week as a furor broke out over the question of closer contacts with West Germany.

Ironically, it was East Germany's Red boss, Walter Ulbricht, 72, who inadvertently touched off the outburst. As a propaganda ploy, Ulbricht has for years written an annual letter to the Social Democrat...

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