Books: Pastor in Marxland

UNWILLING JOURNEY (316 pp.)—Helmut Gollwltzer—Muhlenberg ($3.50).

At their model prison camp in Krasno-gorsk, a pleasant, hilly spot with flower gardens and Sunday band concerts, Soviet propagandists assembled a group of potential German apprentices—army generals, Nazi Party officials, and promising young intellectuals. They held especially high hopes for a wiry little Medical Corps orderly named Helmut Gollwitzer, for Gollwitzer looked like just the man to tell pious East Germans that Marxism was simply another brand of 20th century Christianity.

Gollwitzer, then 38, was an ordained Lutheran pastor who had spent two years in & out...

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