Religion: Is It I?

Some time this month, the man who played Christ will be tried by a denazification court. But whether or not he is cleared, the little Bavarian town of Oberammergau (pop. 3,944) will probably need a new Jesus. By 1950, greying Alois Lang will be 59 and too old for his Passion Play ordeal of carrying a 100-lb. cross and hanging from it in make-believe crucifixion for 22 muscle-tearing minutes.

Though its next curtain call is still three years off, Oberammergau is already wondering who will step into the cast to fill the many gaps...

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