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Oberammergau, 1950

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 11, 2021

Henry Toluzzi ©Stars and Stripes
Oberammergau, West Germany, May, 1950: Three Oberammergau residents take a break from the commotion surrounding the opening of the Bavarian town's famed Passion Play. It was originally scheduled for 33 performances, but the demand to see the first postwar play was so great that it was put on 87 times. The play — which started in 1633 as a pledge by the town fathers during a bubonic plague epidemic — is now staged every 10 years.

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