Religion: Against the Peace

Tightening the screws on German Protestantism (TIME, March 9), the Communists of East Germany have arrested five ministers in the past month. Last week congregations in West Germany got the first word of the kind of charges the Communists were making against them. The people's court at Chemnitz had convicted popular Pastor Erich Schuman, a member of a small sect in the Evangelical Church, for "breaking the law for the protection of peace." That was all.

The trial was secret; no church observers were permitted to attend. But a few details filtered back to Berlin. Pastor Schuman had been charged with violating...

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