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PAGE EIGHT nr:n'UE aEd~nU>vA t U DAILY

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1963

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-Associated Press
RUINS-This ruin of the Berlin Cathedral is representative of the World War II damage which re-
mains in most parts of the eastern sector. East Berlin lags far behind the West in rehabilitation of the
city.

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All a tourist needs to do to visit
East Berlin is to show his non-
German passport and w a 1 k
through the well-guarded gate for
foreign v i s i t o r s, nicknamed
"Check-Point Charlie."
Once inside, the visitor finds a
remarkable contrast to the West.
Upon entering the "other" city,
the tourist might think that the
war had ended within the past
year or two. World War II ruins
are still the leading architectural
scheme. Streets are void of cars
and buses cruise the avenues to-
tally empty.
The wall is not immediate in
the minds of the citizens of East
Berlin. Those who remember the
pre-war days have resigned them-
selves to the fact that their wand-
erings are limited. They seem

reluctant to allow the wall to in-
terfere with their daily exist-
ence.
Normal Existence
Without a knowledge of the wall,
life progresses normally. A young
husband smiles at his expectant
wife, children play in the streets
with a stick and a ball and a
workman sings as he continues his
construction job.
The students, who do not re-
member what it was like before
the war, visibly follow the Com-
munist line. When asked about the
wall they say, "It is bad, but nec-
essary." They defend it on eco-
nomic grounds. "When there was
no wall, currency speculators
crossed at will and manipulated
the East German mark, leading to
its devaluation," they argue.

Furthermore, they insist that
"such devaluation prevents the
development of East Germany into
the power it once was."
When questioned about their
"brothers" who have been shot
crossing the wall, the common an-
swer is, "Oh, those are the greedy."
Tense Scene
West of the wall emotions are
intense. Wooden wreaths are erect-
ed in memory of those who died
seeking freedom.
A sixty-year-old grandmother
leaped from the third floor, a
twenty-year-old student jumped
from the roof of a five-story
building, other refugees have got-
ten caught in the barbed wire.
Scenes like these daily confront
Berliners..

-Associated Press
MODERN CITY-Signs of World War II damage are becoming a
rarity in West Berlin. The neon-lit Kurfuerstendamm, known as
"K-damm" to denizens, the main street of West Berlin, ranks with
the finest of Europe's post-war developments.

MEMORIALS - Wooden wreaths remain in memory to those who unsuccessfully attempted the leap
to freedom. This barbed wire, located a few yards from the wall in the western sector, is to keep the
curious from wandering too close to the danger zone.
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DECEPTIVE-The wall, although sloppily constructed with stone
blocks topped with barbed wire, is reinforced with machine-gun
equipped East German guards, who patrol border streets and
observe from over-hanging windows.

HOUSE DIVIDED-Bricked-up windows mark Bernhaurstrasse,
where the wall penetrates the very center of the one-time East
Berlin shops and residences. Barbed wire runs across these roof-
tops.

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RESERVE NOW FOR THE 1963-64 SEASON!

IMPRISONED-Here it is said that even Jesus Christ is behind
the wall. The statue faces west. Broken glass imbedded in the
wall top hinders escapees.

INSCRIPTIONS-Writing on the wall expresses sentiments of West Berliners. Other slogans such as
"Concentration Camp-Think of Eichmann" and "There is but one Berlin" decorate the west side
of the wall.

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