Religion: The Lady and the Bear

Snug in her cozy Suffolk home, small, bright-eyed, merry Lady (Dorothea) Gibb read an article by famed Soviet Journalist Ilya Ehrenburg exhorting his fellow Russians to hate the Nazis harder than ever. To so devout a Quaker as 83-year-old Lady Gibb, such talk was abhorrent. She penned a note to Comrade Ehrenburg, told him he was filling Russian minds "with something very old and evil, a thirst for vengeance after victory. . . . This does not bring happiness to the victor but only leads to sorrow and evil in the future."

Back from Author Ehrenburg came an adamant reply:...