Berlin: A Year Later

When the Communists built their ugly Wall across Berlin last year, East Germany's Red Boss Walter Ulbricht freely predicted that the barrier would bring prosperity to his own puppet nation and strangulation to the hated capitalists of West Berlin. Last week, on the Wall's first anniversary, it was clear that just the opposite had happened.

Shiny cars clogged West Berlin's broad Kurfürstendamm, while pedestrians window-shopped at fancy stores or looked for an empty seat at one of the many sidewalk cafes. Tourists were flocking in as never before, and savings accounts were at the record level of $366.5 million, $20...

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