International: INTERMEZZO

TIME'S Berlin Bureau Chief Emmet Hughes last week went to a gay party at the headquarters of the Polish mission in Berlin. Hughes cabled:

In dark Berlin, the lights blazed bright and late at a white sandstone building at 42 Schlüterstrasse. From the second-floor balcony windows, the sound of scores of stamping feet and the melody of a rousing polka carried into the silent street. Beyond the curtained windows, in one of eleven rooms brilliant under crystal chandeliers, the hundreds of Berlin's international set were being greeted by a short, thin man in uniform. His perfectly bald head with a wiggly scar...

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