TURKEY: A Mechanic's Return

One wintry day in 1939, a short, thick-chested man who said he was a mechanic and looked as if he might be, signed the register at Istanbul's Continental Hotel as Spiridon Yanko Mekas. Mekas, who had just returned from Moscow on a Canadian passport, loafed around the lobby for nearly three months before he went on to Yugoslavia to make history under a different alias: Tito. Last week Marshal Tito—preceded by 200 armed bodyguards —returned to Istanbul for the first time since he checked out of the Continental 14 years ago.

Tito was in Turkey this time to try to...

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