August 17, 1956

EOKA CEASEFIRE: Urgent telegrams from news agencies in Cyprus last night reported that the National Cypriot Fighters’ Organization (EOKA) had distributed leaflets in all towns on the island signed by its leader Digenis, identified as the Greek Colonel Georgios Grivas, in which Digenis orders the EOKA troops under his command to halt hostilities against the British authorities occupying Cyprus. DEATH OF BRECHT: London, August 16 (Special Times Service) – According to a report from Berlin, one of the greatest personalities in modern theater, Bertolt Brecht, died there last Tuesday (August 14) at the age of 58 of a heart attack. When Hitler took power, Brecht sought exile in Denmark, Sweden and Finland until 1941, when he settled in the United States after an eventful journey through the Soviet Union and Persia. In 1948 he returned to Germany and accepted an offer from the East German government to establish his theater company, the Berliner Ensemble, in East Berlin. Despite his occasional ideological differences, which earned him reprimands from the Communist Party, Brecht remained faithful to Socialism and used his international reputation to aid the World Peace Movement.

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