BERLIN: Crack in the Wall

The Berlin Wall, which has served so often as a backdrop for human suffering, last week witnessed a very different sort of scene. From the divided city's Western sector, they came on foot by the thousands—old people struggling with sacks full of presents, small children carrying freshly cut roses or tulips, young mothers pushing prams, men lugging thick suitcases. Alternately smiling and weeping for joy, the visitors trudged past the tank traps, the death strip, the watchtowers. Finally, after clearing the last checkpoint, they rushed to meet friends and relatives whose faces...

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