Religion: Holy Humor

Last spring Dr. Martin Niemöller, one-time U-boat officer, pastor of Berlin-Dahlem's swank Jesus Christus Kirche and leader of the German Confessional Church, was incarcerated in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Reason: his persistent defiance of Nazi church decrees. Three weeks ago, after the annexation of Sudetenland, it was reported that Pastor Niemöller was to be given his freedom. Last week from Geneva came an authoritative denial.

Pastor Niemöller had indeed been offered release—but on condition that he promise to cease preaching. He declined, sent his congregation a letter exhorting them to stand firm in their faith. Dr....

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