BERLIN: Scattered Chips

When the Big Four initialed their agreement on Berlin last September, they left East and West German negotiators to solve a devilishly complicated real estate problem: What should be done about twelve scattered chips of West Berlin that are completely or partially surrounded by territory belonging to the Communist German Democratic Republic? These "exclaves" were created when Greater Berlin was established in 1920, incorporating eight towns, 59 rural districts and 27 farms. Some bits of land were separated from the city, but came under its jurisdiction anyway. When the Allies set up...

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