Austria: The Little Boxes

The 225-mile boundary between Austria and Hungary has long been marked by a 1,000-yd.-wide no-man's land, fronted by two six-ft. fences of barbed wire, patrolled by armed Hungarian border police and Hungarian dogs, and secured by the Hungarians — since the early days of the cold war — by some 7,000,000 little brown boxes containing lethal charges of TNT. As the Iron Curtain wears thin, the mines are be coming as much of an embarrassment as a hindrance to trespassers. Stray cats or even a speedy thaw sets them off in the...

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