EAST GERMANY: Detente Blues

The steady hemorrhage of people from labor-short East Germany continues to be serious. From January through September, 4,930 East Germans escaped to the West, 20% more than the total for the same period in 1972. This year, the number of escapees is expected to reach 6,500, despite one of the world's most formidable man-made barriers, the Berlin Wall, erected twelve years ago to halt the drain. Last week East Germany's doctrinaire Communist government took steps to stanch some of the flow by staging the finale of a show trial of three West German people-smugglers in an East Berlin courtroom.


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