Who is Dietrich Bonhoeffer?June 25, 2021
Dietrich BonhoeDietrich Bonhoeffer (February 4, 1906 – April 9, 1945) was a German theologian who opposed Nazism.
Bonhoeffer opposed the regime, particularly antisemitism, from the first days of the Nazis’ rise to power in 1933. Except for 18 months (1933-1935) when he was pastor of two small German congregations in London, he was spokesperson for Bekennende Kirche, the focus of German Protestant resistance against the Nazi regime. He considered defecting to the USA in 1939, but returned after a 15-day stay in New York City. In a letter to the US theologian Reinhold Niebuhr:
<i>If I do not share with my people the difficulties of this period, I lose my right to participate in the restoration of Christian life in Germany after the war,</i>
he was saying. He was arrested on April 5, 1943 and imprisoned in Berlin.
After the failed assassination of Hitler on 20 July 1944, the investigation was expanded upon the discovery of documents proving Bonhoeffer’s close ties to the assassins, and the execution of Bonhoeffer.