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An East Berlin Run-In

On last week's show you asked about encounters with foreign police. In the '80's, in West/East Berlin, I had two.

The very first time I crossed into East Berlin, I was at the day-visa window. At that time, 1983, you had to fork over 20 DM for the privilege of walking around the shabby streets or being able to order liver at an East Berlin lunch counter. Anyway, I said I was not nervous, but as I stood there waiting, I accidentally tore my 20 DM note right in half.

Another time, at Checkpoint Charlie, the East Berlin guards started yelling at us as we were beginning to go back towards West Berlin. We were petrified. It seems that I had dropped my gloves and they were telling me so that I could retrieve them. They were nice guys after all.



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