Religion: Oil for Hinges

Pastor Martin Niemöller was packing his bags again. Since U.S. troops ended his eight-year imprisonment in concentration camps for defying Hitler, the lean, 57-year-old evangelical clergyman and ex-U-boat commander (World War I) has been known in Europe and the U.S. as German Protestantism's most dramatic spokesman. This week he is off to Australia, via the U.S.

An invitation had come 18 months ago from the "Open-Air Campaigners," an Australian revivalist group; at the time the Campaigners were not prosperous enough to advance travel expenses. Australia's Anglican Archbishop Howard W. K. Mowll at last raised the necessary funds, and Niemöller has laid out...

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