East Germany: Over there

As the neutralists dithered and Khrushchev cracked his grim jokes, the Communists kept up their harassment of West Berlin, complaining that some of the passengers flying in from West Germany were "revanchists, militarists, spies and subversives." This, said Moscow, must cease forthwith. Tartly, the U.S., Britain and France replied with joint notes, bluntly reminding the Soviets that the passenger traffic in the corridors to Berlin is no business of the Communists. A passenger buys a ticket, boards his plane and goes. This, said the U.S., is "well understood in societies where free men regulate their own lives in accordance with...

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