European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Feb 26 1962, Page 13

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European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - February 26, 1962, Darmstadt, HesseAdmiring the Well stocked window of a wine and liquor dealer to West Berlin to would be Escapee for Freedom. And the 26, 1962 Industrial recovery Tif by Jim Gunter is Berlin Bureau City officials report that West Berhn Industry drastically crippled bythe Wall which Cleaves the City has snapped Back to Normal production during the six months a n c e the communist threw up the Barrier. The transportation system which was Cut in two and thrown into confusion six months ago also has been readjusted satisfactorily officials said. There can be no readjustment however for the heartache caused by the family. Splitting barricade. But to the. Resilient West berliners who have rebounded from War and terrorism in the past life must�0 on. And so it Wall which was a festering wound when raised last aug. 13, has in six month become a scar. In a multitude of Corner bars West berliners hide their anxieties with Gay chatter and songs. But occasion ally the deep Hurt comes to the other Day the wife of a West Berlin architect apparently enjoying a perform Ance at the new opera House suddenly began to cry during Mother lives in East Berlin she said. She came to my House almost everyday to sit with my children. But she did not come on aug. 13, and then it was Toolate. We cannot Telephone her because there Are no connections. At first it took about three weeks for a letter to reach her. Now it takes about six Days. We write frequently and Send her or. Gustav b. Von Hartmann of the Westerlin information Bureau estimates that of the 2.2 million persons now living incest Berlin 66 per cent or two thirds Are separated from relatives by the Wall. The Only Contact for these divided families is through the mails and through friends from West Germany who Are permitted to Cross the Wall for Brief periods. Through these friends from outside it is possible for a West Berliner to visit his Kinfolk in the East by proxy. Six months of the red Wall has left West Berlin a City of contrasts tension juxtaposed with abandon frivolity with sadness. Uniformed men with guns still stand and stare Over the barbed wire concerti Nas the tank traps and the masonry Wallat men in different uniforms with differ ent a few blocks away in the Eden Saloon men sip their drinks and gaze at Girlie pictures which Are flashed on screen behind the bar. The Wall itself has become a tourist East germans raise the Flag of the red Pankow government Over Brandenburg Gate. The stars and stripes attraction a n d bus service Emilta Iasi morning and afternoon trip along the nor Man s land which cuts through the Centero this former As Little As eight Marks the visitor May listen to a guide spout a prepared Spiel As he Points out the to jew on the other Side and the places where men an women died As they tried to escape from the communists. " sixty thousand persons living in Easterlin and working in the West were suddenly Cut off from their jobs when the Wall went up. About half of them were employed in Industry the sudden loss of 30,000 workers was a great Shock to the Industry of Westerlin said Herbert Bohm of the City s Industry and credit department at first it was necessary for the remaining work Force to put in much overtime. But readjustment has now been made by Auto mation. New machinery was installed an also about 1,500 workers were imported from West Germany. The Federal re pub lie offered them free transportation extra vacation and Loans to help them get established Here Bohm said West Berlin Industry not Only has returned to Normal but production was actually higher in 1961 thanin 1960. West Berlin s exports were valued at 1.2 billion Marks in i960, and the figure Rose to 1.4 billion Marks last year. The Street railway system for the entire City of Berlin has continued to be oper ated by the communist regime since aug.13. West berliners were asked not to patronize the a Bahn elevated trains and they have been abandoned although fares Are the a Bahn coaches rattle empty or almost empty through West shift from use of the a Bahn system put a terrific Strain on the bus Hartmann said. We did not have enough buses an there was a big action in West Germany where various cities loaned us their extra buses. The Berlin system is now buying new buses and returning those on system is thriving. There was no big propaganda Campaign to keep the population off the s Bahn but it is interesting that the people just stayed away even though the s Bahns Cost Only 20 pfennig and the buses from 30 to 40."present-Day Berlin is a City of old peo ple. City authorities said 380,000 residents Are More than 65 years old. Therefore the City offers inducements for Young couples to establish Homes and rear children Here. Interest free Loans Are available to most terrible thing in the whole situation is the losing of Contact with germans on the other Side von Hart Mann said. Before the Wall we tried to keep As Many contacts As possible. For instance we have a new Academy of arts in the West and the old Art Academy to in the East. These two institutions. Inthis non political Field held joint expositions and their staff members Exchange frequent visits. But since aug. 13, this is out

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