Religion: Out of the Night

The best-known churchman in Germany spent the war like a Christian in a concentration camp. The ex-U-boat commander of World War I, Martin Niemoller, of Berlin's weathy, suburban Jesus Christus Church, seemed at times the last spark of Germany's all-but-extinguished soul. When anti-Nazi churchmen organized the Confessional Church in 1934 to fight Hitler's attempts to liquidate Christianity, Niemoller was among the founders.

Last week the Confessional Synod elected Pastor Niemoller president of their church's newly formed executive council for the areas comprised by the old province of Hesse-Nassau. According to U.S. Captain Dumont Fox Kenny, religious affairs officer of the local A.M.G.,...

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