World: The Escapes Continue

Along the River Spree and the miles of adjacent canals where East meets West in Berlin, Communist floodlights play constantly across the water, shore guards listen for every suspicious splash, and East Berlin patrol boats watch for the smallest ripple. Hence the thrill of West Berliners last week at the tale of two East Berlin lads who not only swam to safety, but also dared to swim back across to Communist territory to show their pals the route.

The pair made their first break last month, spent two weeks in West Berlin's Marienfelde refugee camp pondering the plight of friends they left...

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