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East German Border Guards Close Escape Route after UPI Revelation

Jan. 25, 1962 - East German border guards seized today the entry to a secret tunnel that 28 East Germans used as an escape route to West Berlin yesterday, a spokesman for the Berlin city government disclosed. He said the Communist action followed the disclosure of the tunnel’s existence by an American news agency, United Press International. It was understood that UPI got the details of the escape by interviewing some of those who fled after they had been taken to the Marienfelde reception camp. The spokesman said he had information that other groups of East Germans, totaling at least 100 persons, had intended to use the tunnel after the first refugee party got through. Now, this will not be possible because of UPI’s disclosure.

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