Berlin: Another Tug on the Noose

Whenever the West begins to relax about Berlin, the Communists have a jarring way of reminding everyone that it is still there, and still vulnerable. Though crises flare and die elsewhere in the world, Berlin, where the cold war began, remains a constant pressure point, always susceptible to fresh Communist maneuvers.

Isolated deep within hostile East Germany, West Berlin depends for survival upon its right of free access to West Germany. Last week that right suddenly acquired a price. In a swift move, the regime of Communist Boss Walter Urbricht forced all West German and West Berlin travelers through East Germany...

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