A Letter From The Publisher, Oct. 1, 1973

Although the Iron Curtain is less rigid than it used to be, Western newsmen are still welcomed cautiously in East Germany. After arriving in Leipzig, 90 miles southwest of the Berlin Wall, Chief European Correspondent William Rademaekers and Bonn Bureau Chief Bruce Nelan discovered that their time was not to be entirely their own. "The authorities," Rademaekers says, "had organized a togetherness program stretching over two weeks." Reluctantly, G.D.R. officials gave in to the correspondents' request to split up: Rademaekers traveled east to the Polish border, while Nelan went as far south as "Saxon Switzerland" near the Czech border.

Both correspondents found...

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