GERMANY: Two Million Risks

This week one statistic told the whole impressive story: West Berlin food authorities handed out the two-millionth parcel to a needy East German. Thus, within a fortnight, more than 10% of the whole Soviet zone population have defied or evaded their government and risked arrest for a ten-pound package of lard, dried beans, flour and canned milk.

All week long the Communist overlords sought an effective answer to this commonplace but treasured little parcel. They spread rumors; they issued warnings;they made a few arrests; they seized thousands of food packages; they appealed to pride. They tried force. Twice they sent flying...

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