Religion: Underground Church

When night came, the tall, blue-eyed Norseman put on spectacles and a false black beard. Quietly he slipped past the guards of his isolated cottage "prison" and made his way to Oslo, twelve miles away. There, night after night, within a stone's throw of Gestapo headquarters, he presided at secret meetings of the Norwegian State Lutheran Church.

Last week the church revealed that the man in the disguise was none other than its primate, Bishop Eivind Berggrav. During most of the years when Himmler's quislings congratulated themselves that Bishop Berggrav was safely behind bars, he was actually leading one of occupied Europe's...

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