Eastern Europe: Matrimonial Wreckage

Pretty divorcee, 27, 5 ft. 4 in., slim technician, with child and three-room apartment, seeks man with varied interests. Can anyone love me?

The woman who thus advertised for a mate last week in the Czechoslovakian newspaper Vecerni Praha was asking a question that echoes mournfully throughout Eastern Europe these days. Everywhere in the Communist bloc the institution of marriage is in trouble, and the proof of the malaise can be read in soaring divorce rates and declining birth rates. In Hungary, which has the lowest birth rate in the world, 13.6 per 1,000 people, more abortions are performed than...

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