Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on April 26, 1973 · Page 40
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40 Golesbtiro Reaister-Moil, Gol^burg, III. Thurscloy, April 26. 1973 After Rmognition East Geriaan GovermM^iit Sets Barriers Against West % JOSEPH FLEMING BERLIN (UPI) - East Germany is raising its barriers, both physical and ideological, to keep its own citizens in and Western influences out. The Soviet bloc "Cinderella" finally has won international recognition, something it sought in vain for 23 years. But it now appears to fear increased contact with the Western world could upset the uneasy truce between the Communist-run government and a population that still looks to the West. As the price for international recognition, East Germany agreed to allow increased traffic through the Berlin. Wall and the reunion of families split by the refugee barriers. Since the Big Four agreement to lessen tension in Berlin was signed on June 3, 1972, more than 3 million West Berliners have visited East Berlin and East Germany. In the same period 335,128 East Germans were allowed to visit the West. They were the first large group to pass through the wall since it was built in Aug. 13, 1961, to halt the flight of refugees. The East Germans cite these figures to deny Western charges that they are dragging their feet on fulfilling agreements to allow their own people to visit the West on family emergencies and to allow Western residents in. The visits back and forth have brought joy to many. They were impossible only a short time ago when the wall kept parents from their chil dren, separated brothers and sisters. But at the same time the Communists have taken steps to limit the visits, curtail East- West contacts and maintain an ideological isolation. The Communists even have given this campaign a name. They call it "Abgrenzung," literally .marking off, fixing limits. In the West the campaign - is called ideological wall building. Some examples: —An East German wrote a relation in West Berlin, "I am sorry to tell you that this is the last letter you will receive from me. Don't be mad at me. My company demands it. "We come under the jurisdiction of the army and KIRLIN'S ANDES CANDIES H/f EK-END SPECMl CHOCOLATE COVERED CORDIALS CHERRY Michigan Cherries Swirling in Delicious Syrup and IMpped in Light or Dark Chocolate. Individually Wrapped. Regularly $2.50 lb. MOTHER'S DAY Sunday, May 13th Hallmark Mother's Day Cards 15c to $5.00 "Wlien you care enough to send the very best' Mother's Doy Gifts $1.00 ond up Master Charge Welcome YOUR CONVENIENT HALLMARK STORE 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. DAILY SUNDAYS - NOON TILL 5:30 P.M. 221 E. Main St. — Downtown Galesburg therefore we are forbidden to have ties to relations in the West. Whether mothers, fathers, children or sisters or brothers—we are not allowed to write them any more. We had to sign a written pledge to that effect or be fired." — Another East German wrote a West Berliner: "I need written permission to receive Western visitors because I work for the government. That can take some time. Without the permission there is not any sense in making an application to the police for a permit to have a visit." —A woman in the East German province of Mecklenburg wrote her mother in West Germany to halt her visits to the East or she might lose her job in the East. Can't Visit Graves A 72-year-old Bavarian woman was refused permission to go to the East German city of Gera to visit the graves of her parents and grandparents. —A 47-year-old East German woman was refused permission to attend the funeral of her mother in West Germany. — No official figures are available but it is estimated that, because of their positions, as many as 2 million East Germans out of a population of 17 million are banned by the Communists from traveling west or receiving Western visitors. Along with the ban there is an indoctrination campaign against Western influences. Erich Honecker, first secretary of the East German Communist party, told the party central committee that East Germans must understand that East- West German agreements to improve relations will not open the door for Western ideas. Wrong View "Whoever observes the present political development superficially could fall into the dreadful error that ideological coexistence is part of a lessening of tension," he said. "Some people in the West deliberately are encouraging the illusion that ideological coexistence between imperialism and socialism is possible and would aid peaceful coexistence." More bluntly, Gen. Heinz Hoffmann, the East German defense minister, warned that "middle-class and similar concepts are bing transmittd to the people of the German Democratic Republic and unavoidably to servicemen by the growing stream of visitors." The Communists also are reinforcing their 840-mile frontier with West Germany to keep refugees in. Build Death Traps Along some sections of the border they are building death strips with booby traps- automatic self-firing weapons. These so-called "death machines" are automatic weapons that fire on three levels when a refugee steps on a trip wire. NOW Union Opticol Co. 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