Cold War: Escapes Continue

Two walls now imprison East Germans—the Berlin Wall and the new 834-mile barrier that the Reds are building along the whole length of the East-West German frontier. Nevertheless, East Germans continue to escape westward—each one risking his life to seek freedom.

During the relatively quiet years, an average of 600 a day crossed over. In the weeks of Torschlnsspanik (gate-closing panic) just before the Wall went up Aug. 13, the number rose to an astounding 1,700 a day. Last month, defying the walls, watchtowers, guards and dogs, about 860 ran the gantlet to West Germany, about half through divided Berlin...

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