Iron Curtain: Some Strength & Little Joy

East Germany, which lives in the shadow of its better half to the west, last week mounted a considerable effort to show off its growing economic strength. The Leipzig Trade Fair, celebrating its 800th anniversary, attracted an alltime-high 10,300 exhibitors, including thousands from 75 nations. The outsiders tended to agree that the most Stalinistic satellite in the Soviet orbit lately has made progress of sorts. The East Germans displayed and sold their own well-wrought machine tools, electronic devices and office equipment; they reached into their foreign-exchange reserve to order millions of dollars' worth of British trucks and a...

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