Egypt: Watch on the Nile

For Walter Ulbricht, goateed leader of the most escaped-from satellite in the Soviet bloc, it was a week of rare triumph. Arriving in Egypt for his first official visit outside the Iron Curtain, the East German President was greeted at the Cairo railroad station by Nasser, a 21-gun salute, 23 non-Western ambassadors and 20,000 students and workers chanting a heartwarming slogan: "America, withdraw your money for Israel or Nasser will step on you."

There were trips to a textile factory, Luxor and the Aswan High Dam. There was a state banquet at which...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!