People: Sep. 6, 1963

The British press insisted darkly that he had been "smuggled" out of the country to keep him from recanting his oft-professed love for Communism. One thing was sure: Actor-Singer Paul Robeson, 65, had disappeared into East Germany for what was called "a medical examination and a stay in a rest home." Mysteriously ill for the past two years, he has been protected from the press by his permanently left-leaning wife Eslanda, who even fended off a persistent reporter who flew with them to Germany by threatening him with judo. Finally, from East Germany...

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