World: Happy Childhood

In a desperate attempt to block the few refugees who still manage to make their way into West Berlin despite the Wall, East German officials last week turned to a device used by the Nazis, who in turn borrowed it from the Reds: they offered rewards to child informers who turn in "traitors."* The East German newspaper. Das Volk, reported with pride that Heidi Mallowitz received a track suit for alerting police to a would-be refugee near the border, and Karin Mundt got the same prize for directing a suspicious stranger "not to the border but to the border guards." The...

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