International: Beyond Understanding

Why Germans living in the Russian occupation zone repeatedly protest that they "can't understand the Russians" is illustrated in the following report by John Scott, TIME'S Berlin bureau chief:

Down Potsdam's slushy Berlinerstrasse stumbled twelve haggard men. Halfheartedly they tried to avoid the largest puddles. Their faces had the pale, creased look of prisoners. Behind them trudged a stubby, broad-faced Russian soldier, Tommy gun crooked in his right arm, the wide Ukrainian steppe in his blue eyes.

Approaching the Stadtbahn station, the group met a stream of men & women hurrying home from work. Some started with fright when they spotted the prisoners....

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