Religion: Chasms & Bridges

On Munich's Konigsplatz, where storm troopers once goose-stepped, 40,000 Christians assembled last week in a gathering that dramatized for Germans both a saddening split and a heartening healing. The meeting was the ninth Congress of the

German Evangelical Church Day, known as Kirchentag, and the split that showed was the growing division between West Germany and the Communist East Zone.

A Different Kind. In 1954 Kirchentag was held in East Germany's Leipzig, and in 1956 15,000 East German Protestants got exit permits from the Communists to travel to the Kirchentag in Frankfurt. But this...

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