East Germany: Prisoners for Sale

East Germany's Walter Ulbricht has long tried to make his miserable "German Democratic Republic" seem important. With Nikita Khrushchev's approaching visit to Bonn, he is also plainly under Moscow's orders to make it look more respectable and humane. In both respects, he again failed wretchedly.

Ransom Book. The 15th anniversary celebration of the G.D.R. turned out to be a Grade B production: the visiting Communist dignitaries were all second-stringers. Except for the first public showing of four Soviet medium-range missiles, the five-hour parade in East Berlin's Marx-Engels Square was a dreary, neo-Nazi...

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