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Religion, Oberammergau and Eric Boehm

     The much-beloved WAISer Eric Boehm has sent me a long message about the serious operation his wife Inge has undergone. Naturally, we wish her a speedy recovery. Eric says this will not prevent them from going to Germany, where they will see the Oberammergau Passion Play for the fourth time! An ecumenical refugee from Nazi Germany, Eric notes that the new Jewish emphasis will make the Passion Play historically correct. This is true. The Jews were fighting among themselves in the time of Jesus, as now. The crowd which hailed Jesus on Palm Sunday were the liberal, generous Jews, those who demanded that he be crucified were orthodox, hardline Jews. The old unforgiving curse on all future generations of Jews was blasphemy by people who did not heed the noblest phrase in the history of mankind: "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."

Ronald Hilton - 5/27/00