Diplomacy: East Joins West

Concerto for two Germanys

The sites that the East Germans chose for the summit meeting between their party chief, Erich Honecker, and West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt were awash with symbolism. One was East Germany's Hubertusstock, once the hunting lodge of Prussian kings; the other, a guesthouse at Döllnsee, in a wooded area to the north of East Berlin, now serves as a lakeside retreat for Honecker, the German Democratic Republic's boss since 1971. The guesthouse is also the place where Honecker, as chief of East Germany's internal security apparatus in 1961,...

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