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Sharp Increase in Refugees from East Germany into West Berlin

Aug. 8, 1961 - The influx of refugees to West Berlin from East Germany increased sharply today, a rise attributed to reaction to Premier Khrushchev's speech last night. Many of the 1,741 East Germans who reached West Berlin said they had fled because of fear that East Berlin and East Germany would soon be cut off from the West. The stream of refugees, which since noon Saturday has totaled 5,009 persons, flooded the accommodations of the West Berlin reception center. Long lines of refugees stood on the walks leading to the registration offices.


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