Berlin: The Cad Who Came In From the Cold

It was love at first sight, or so it seemed. Dashing, suave Peter Hansen, 25, a construction engineer, swept curvaceous Dorothea Voss, 17, off her feet with dancing by candlelight, dinners for two and sweet talk of marriage. Then off they motored from the West German town of Heide to West Berlin for a day's outing, with the blessing of the girl's parents. After lingering in sidewalk cafes, Peter suggested they go over to Communist East Berlin. "It'll be really interesting, darling," he whispered, tenderly pressing her hand.

Once through the Friedrichstrasse border checkpoint, Peter collected his girl friend's West German...

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