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Speaking of Oberammergau, the online English version of Der Spiegel has a fascinating behind-the-scenes story about Oberammergau and its Passion Play. The avant garde director's vision for this year's presentation has created deep divisions within the village and strained life-long relationships.

Der Spiegel's excellent international online edition is free. You'll get a daily-except-weekends email. A fascinating report last week concerned three East Germans aboard a plane hijacked to the West from Poland in 1978. Each had a choice: defect to freedom, or return to lives and homes in East Germany. Three decades later the trio review their decisions.