A Letter From The Publisher: Nov. 11, 1966

DEHIND lay the rolling cornfields -^ of Austria's Burgenland province. Ahead was the Hungarian border, where watchtowers still stand and electrified wire keeps passportless citizens from leaving. Waved past the border gate, the bus braked to a stop in front of the customs house that marks the Hungarian town of Hegeyshalom. Out stepped 45 inquisitive Americans—businessmen, civic leaders, journalists—about to start on an eleven-day journey through five Eastern European capitals.

When the bus resumed its trip from Vienna to Budapest, TIME'S third overseas news tour was officially under way. In 1963 another group...

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