GERMANY: Reunion In Berlin

More than 200,000 people streamed into Berlin last week from all over Germany to attend a five-day Kirchentag (church day) assembly of the German Evangelical (Protestant) Church. It was the first large-scale meeting of East and West Germans since the Russians divided the country.

At huge outdoor rallies, with the slogan Wir Sind Dock Brüder (despite everything, we are brothers), the pilgrims listened to sermons. The tone, on the surface, was nonpolitical. This was in keeping with German Protestantism's policy toward Communism: don't seek martyrdom; outwardly obey the authorities; maintain the church...

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