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Forward to Luther

450th anniversary of his death focuses on his life and legacy

When the editor of The Lutheran tried to go to the celebration of the 450th anniversary of the Reformation in 1967, the East German government barred him from visiting Wittenberg and other notable towns of Martin Luther's life.

"For a brief moment in late October I saw the 900-year-old Wartburg Castle, sharp and clear against its East German hillside," G. Elson Ruff wrote. "Anyone who loves Luther has great fondness for this place where Luther hid from his enemies 10 months in 1521-22 and translated the New Testament in German.


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