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WORLD LEADERS IN REICH RUINS

Mr. Churchill's Tour

SMILING BERLINERS EAGER TO FRATERNISE

N.Z.P.A.—Copyright.— Rec. 2.30 p.m.

T , . u , LONDON, July 16. r J£l and th * ™°st hated man in Germany, Mr. Winston Churchill, to-day walked the streets of Berhn. It has been an extraordinary sensation to see the British Prime Minister among German crowds with only a couple of detectives and a handful of military police for a guard, says the Daily Telegraph correspondent in Berlin.

President Truman also toured the devastated heart of Berlin to-day.

„ Hi. Churchill was as much at ease as though strolling along Bond Street, though the risk he ran must have crossed the minds of most of those present.

A significant thing happened during Mr. Churchill's tour. All the Germans who saw him wanted to fraternise with him, says the Daily Mail correspondent. They waved and smiled, and had to be brushed back by the military police, otherwise they would have mobbed him as a hero. They crowded in as soon as they realised his identity, and hardly believed their eyes when they saw Mr. Churchill walking from a jeep with friends and colleagues, showing himself to Berlin just because he wanted to see things for himself.

It seems hard to believe that the Germans would ever have been pleased to see Mr. Churchill, yet they were to-day smiling and exclaiming excitedly, "Veenston Churcheel!" as he passed.

Mr. Churchill visited President Truman at Potsdam for informal talks. The British and American Chiefs-of-Staff also assembled for their first preliminary discussion.

Reuters Berlin correspondent reports that Mr. Churchill, President Truman and Generalissimo Stalin have begun the opening session of the Potsdam conference.

The Potsdam conference began to-day in the converted Hohenzollern family home, under a close veil of secrecy, reports the Associated Press correspondent. It is impossible to learn either the schedule or the agenda. The correspondents were not told of the arrival of Generalissimo Stalin and M. Molotov until it was announced by Moscow radio.

Hundreds of troops are closely guarding the inter-Allied compounds, in which scores of State and military leaders are now established.

The Times diplomatic correspondent says that the large number of generals, admirals and Air Force officers whom President Truman and Mr. Churchill have taken to Potsdam, and the presence of the British Minister of War Transport, Lord Leathers, caused some surprise. It is being asked whether the Pacific war and the Soviet policy in that connection will be examined. The Japanese certainly fear that the recent Soviet denunciation of the Russo-Japanese treaty of friendship may have a resounding sequel. They are at present loud in their profession of friendship for Russia. But there are plenty of other urgent reasons justifying the attendance of high Service advisers.

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WORLD LEADERS IN REICH RUINS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 167, 17 July 1945

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WORLD LEADERS IN REICH RUINS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 167, 17 July 1945

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