Germany: Special Delivery in Berlin

A trim, athletic-looking man, dressed entirely in grey, stepped from a West Berlin taxi near a checkpoint at Heinrich-Heine-Strasse. He beckoned to an East German border guard, exchanged a few words with him, and then hurried across the border into East Berlin. The man was not a defector or a spy. He was a high-ranking West German official who carried in his black briefcase an important letter from West German Chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger to Premier Willi Stoph of East Germany.

In the letter, Kiesinger offered to have his state secretary, the...

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