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"If God should not have understanding for humor, I do not want to go to heaven."
Luther preached to the people of Halle (Saale) many times throughout his life; today, the city is home to one of the most remarkable Reformation relics in existence: Martin Luther’s death mask. The original cast of Luther’s face and hands can be viewed today in a small room inside the Market Church. Years after his death, the cast was altered to disguise the effect a stroke had had on Luther's eyelid. His right hand’s gnarled fingers were presumably the result of rheumatism, just one of the many illnesses he suffered from during his life. Historians also believe the Great Reformer experienced years of terrible pain due to kidney stones, which were incurable at that time.