BERLIN: Chilling Temperature

Of all the striking features of the massive Soviet embassy in East Berlin—the sword-bearing guards, the half-ton crystal chandeliers, the stained-glass picture of the Kremlin clock tower—the most striking was the cold. It was so chilly that a couple of the diplomats clustered around the table turned up their collars. The temperature was symbolic.

In its second week, the Big Four Foreign Ministers' Conference was caught in the ice floes of deadlock over Germany. Molotov had plainly shown that he was no more willing than Stalin had been to break the jam...

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