Berlin: The Twain Shall Meet

Berliners are forever finding new ways to frustrate Communist rules and punch holes in the ugly Red Wall. The latest stunt is a lot more expensive than leaping over barbed wire but a lot safer than dodging Vopo bullets. All it takes is a holiday train ticket to another Iron Curtain country.

Many Communist regimes are hungry enough for hard Western currency to relax travel restrictions and look the other way when East and West Berlin families gather for reunions counter to East German rules. When the night train from East Berlin pulls into Budapest's Keleti Talyaudvar (East Station), the platform...

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