Foreign News: The Shape of Puppetdom

The Russians were by no means going out of business in Berlin. Bit by bit, in the weeks since the blockade was lifted, Communism in Berlin had been wearing a friendlier falseface.

In post-blockade days, not quite so many Germans had "disappeared." The curfew for the Soviet sector had been set back from 11 p.m. to midnight. Hungarian melons, Bulgarian grapes, Polish cranberries appeared in the markets.

Russian officials in the four-power city control board had lately consented to a joint battle against the potato bug. They agreed that East & West should honor...

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