Obituary: Wolfgang Ullmann ; Lutheran Pastor Who Abandoned the Pulpit for Politics as Communism Fell in East Germany
Corley, Felix, The Independent (London, England)
IN THE claustrophobic intellectual environment of the German Democratic Republic, as its Communist rulers liked to call it, the Lutheran churches formed one of the few havens for semi-free dialogue. Some Lutheran pastors rose to the challenge, giving cover to peace and environmental groups that functioned as a surrogate opposition to the government.
Wolfgang Ullmann was one of a number of well-known pastors - among them Rainer Eppelmann, Joachim Gauck and Manfred Stolpe - to abandon their pulpits as Communism fell and submerge themselves in politics. Had politics really been their true vocation all along?
Building on his early involvement in the civic movements …
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Publication information: Article title: Obituary: Wolfgang Ullmann ; Lutheran Pastor Who Abandoned the Pulpit for Politics as Communism Fell in East Germany. Contributors: Corley, Felix - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: September 1, 2004. Page number: 34. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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