Berlin: Two Inches to Safety

Since the hated Wall went up in 1961, escapees have ingeniously gotten past it by tunneling, climbing, jumping, or by just knocking it down. Last week a young Austrian outdid them all, smuggling out his pretty fiancée and her mother through the simple expedient of keeping his head down. Heinz Meixner, 20, had moved to West Berlin two years ago to take a job as a lathe worker. As a foreigner, he was able to cross the line freely into East Berlin, where, at a students' dance last September, he fell in love with tiny, attractive...

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