East Germany: The Curious Case of Dr. Apel

The Wall can keep East Germans from moving West, but it cannot prevent them from looking in that direction. Last week Communist Boss Walter Ulbricht felt obliged to order a turnabout during the party's Central Committee meeting in East Berlin.

His speech lasted six hours, but the lines that the party faithful had been waiting for came in a brief, embarrassed critique of a prominent party aide who, according to Ulbricht, was caught between "the general interests of society" and "illusionary, unbalanced demands."

That was old Spitzbart's way of referring to his late brilliant planningcommission chieftain, Dr. Erich Apel, 48. Apel shot...

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