Aug. 24, 1961 - The East German Communists are cracking down on their foes in what was described by West Berlin authorities today as a "widespread campaign of intimidation and oppression." Accounts of arrests, trials, public indictments and other repressive measures filled the pages of many of the East German newspapers that still reach West Berlin. In at least 20 cases, East German men and women were arrested and sentenced to prison for publicly criticizing Walter Ulbricht, East German Communist leader. Mr. Ulbricht's regime appears determined to instill fear in all potential enemies.
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