Religion: The Man in the Middle

A tired, 63-year-old man went back to work last week at a fearsome job, and the 16 million Protestants in Communist East Germany gave thanks for his decision. Heinrich Grüber's white hair is thinning rapidly and he is racked with angina pectoris, but there is nobody who has proved able to deal so effectively with the Communists on behalf of East Germany's Protestants.

Courage and pain trained Pastor Grüber for his job. In 1934 the Nazis ousted him from his post as director of a children's home in Templin. Brandenburg. His church sent him...

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