East Germany: The Unpleasant Reality

Near the East German village of Wandlitz, nine miles to the east of Berlin, is a most unusual settlement. It is a walled-in compound of semi-forested land and wide lawns, within which sit some 20 spacious ten-to twelve-room houses. The houses contain marble from Italy, art from several countries, Renaissance and Baroque furniture from France and Belgium and plentiful expanses of plate glass from West Germany. The area is patrolled night and day by 160 well-armed guards, many of them equipped with submachine guns.

The compound contains the homes of East Germany's...

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