During the Russian blockade of Berlin, some Russians were themselves blockaded in the U.S. sector of the city. They worked in the massive grey Reichsbahn-Direktion, headquarters of the Soviet-controlled railroad spiderweb radiating from Berlin. After the blockade, in last summer's railroad strike, 200 West Berliners charged into the building, tore down pictures of Stalin. That was enough for the Russians: they moved their railroad officials into the Soviet sector, leaving only an automatic rail-telephone switchboard and a small school for railroaders in the Direktion; 600 offices stood empty.

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