Berlin: Hedgehopping to Freedom

Refugees from behind the Iron Curtain have come into West Berlin over rooftops and underground, by foot, auto, train, bus, boat and armored car. Last week West Berlin welcomed the first to arrive by plane—Polish Air Force Major Richard Obacz, 34, his German-born wife Mary, 27, and their two small sons.

A jet test pilot stationed in northeast Poland, Major Obacz received official clearance to log extra flight time by flying his family to visit relatives in Szczecin (formerly Stettin), on the East German border. Obacz crammed his wife and two sons, Lester,...

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