As the special green-and-cream East German railway coaches with the passengers waving and shouting "Freedom!" eased into the station here just after 1 p.m., their compatriots continued to enter West German embassies in Prague and Warsaw late Sunday.
West German officials reported Sunday evening that at least 300 more East German refugees had been allowed to enter the Bonn Embassy grounds in the heart of the Czechoslovak capital.
Missed the Train
Other would-be emigrants showed up at the West German Embassy in Warsaw only to find they had missed the train that took about 800 of their countrymen to West Germany. They pleaded to be admitted.
The arrival in Prague and Warsaw of new East Germans seeking sanctuary and passports to West Germany is bound to exacerbate the political crisis between the Communist regime in East Berlin and its partners in Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary, diplomats said.
West German officials in Bonn late Sunday seemed confused about the new ground rules, since the deal arranged by Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher and his East German counterpart, Oskar Fischer, suggested that East Berlin's agreement was contingent upon no more East Germans being allowed into West German embassies.
This accord appeared validated early Sunday when Czechoslovak police surrounded the West German Embassy in the middle of Prague, keeping anyone from jumping the back fence, and late-coming East Germans were turned away from the front gate.
West German Ambassador Hermann Huber even urged the newcomers to return home and apply for emigration in the routine fashion.
But late Sunday, about 300 newly-arrived East Germans--who do not need visas to travel to Czechoslovakia--showed up in front of the embassy gates, having driven all night from their homes after hearing news of the mass departure.
Apparent Policy Change
And in an apparent change of policy, Ambassador Huber told them: "For the time being, we are letting you in."
His statement was applauded by the East Germans, who quickly entered the embassy grounds.
Similarly, about 100 East Germans who hurried to reach Warsaw for the exodus turned up at the West German Embassy in the Polish capital after the departure of the original group. Many of them remained there throughout the afternoon, milling in the street or resting in their small Trabant cars, weary from nightlong journeys across Poland.
The Polish government has placed no restrictions on the East Germans. Those who have now traveled to the West had been free to move about the city, sometimes taking inexpensive lodgings paid for by special embassy funds. Embassy officials, who would not speak with reporters, were handing out small sums of Polish money Sunday night to those who had no funds for food or accommodations.
The arrivals of more East Germans at Bonn's Warsaw and Prague embassies suggested to diplomatic observers that an additional evacuation will be necessary. And the West German ambassador's action in Prague raised the possibility that many more East Germans may drive or take the train to Prague, expecting to enter the Bonn mission and, like their countrymen late Saturday, be taken to West Germany.
The trains bearing the emigres--five from Czechoslovakia and one from Warsaw--all rolled into West German destinations Sunday.
The trains from Prague passed through East Germany and then crossed into West Germany on Sunday morning at the northern Bavarian town of Hof, where the refugees were greeted with cheers and a hot meal for the hundreds on board.
The single train from Warsaw crossed the East German frontier and later passed through the Koepenick station in East Berlin, where their compatriots waved them on, once they realized who they were, before crossing into north-central West Germany at Helmstedt.