An anti-Communist underground in East Germany has been actively in operation ever since Walter Ulbricht's Wall went up last year. Its major task is providing hideouts for East Germans facing arrest for political offenses against the regime. Maintaining tenuous contacts with unofficial West German anti-Communist groups, it has spirited dozens of these victims of East German oppression across the Wall to safety in the West. Last week, in West Berlin, TIME Correspondent Ed Clark witnessed one such carefully planned escape. His report:

The escapee was a 33-year-old cabaret entertainer in an East German city outside Berlin. His satiric comments on Communist economic...

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