August 24-25, 1956

GREECE-ROMANIA: According to a Foreign Ministry announcement, agreements were signed yesterday regarding the settlement of economic issues pending since 1939 between Greece and the People’s Republic of Romania regarding the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries. REPATRIATION OF HOSTAGES: At 9 p.m. yesterday, the navy ship Aliakmon arrived in Piraeus from Durres, Albania, with 217 officers and men who had been taken hostage during the war against the outlaws. DEATH OF BRECHT: London, 16 (Special Times Service) – According to a report from Berlin, one of the greatest personalities in modern theater, Bertolt Brecht, died there on August 14 at the age of 58 of a heart attack. When Hitler took power, Brecht went into exile, eventually settling in the United States. In 1948 he returned to Germany. 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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