Religion: The Next Twelve Months

The Evangelical Church has stood like a massive roadblock before the Soviets' march to communize East Germany and its predominantly Protestant 17,600,000 people. But the Reds have confronted Christian roadblocks before, and have developed their techniques and technicians for chopping them down to size. Last week they were waging a "fight superstition" campaign to undermine the church's standing with young Germans. And from another flank aged (73) Chairman Otto Nuschke of the Reds' satellite German Christian Democratic Union Party pressed the church to take a loyalty oath to the state.

After ten years of such dogged chopping, the church Martin Luther founded...

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