International: The Red Red Carpet

A tall, gaunt man in a wide-brimmed hat, accompanied by his Russian-speaking daughter, climbed aboard a Soviet DC-3 in East Berlin one day last week and was whisked off to Moscow. There the Russians rolled out the Red carpet for their guest : 60-year-old Pastor Martin Niemoller, head of the German Evangelical Church in Hesse, World War I U-boat captain, onetime Hitler follower and then for eight years Hitler's personal prisoner. Niemöller's mission to Moscow was clothed in strictly clerical garb. He simply wanted, he said, to confer with leaders of Russia's Orthodox Church "on matters of relations with Christians in...

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