Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1939)

Source: German History in Documents and Images

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (b. 1906, d. 1945), a pastor and well-known representative of the Confessing Church, actively resisted the Third Reich until his hanging in April 1945 for his association with the July plot. Not only did he assert Germans’ need to take responsibility for their actions before themselves and God, as he did in his memorandum “Who Can Resist Temptation” (Dec. 1942), but he also participated in organized resistance efforts through the Wehrmacht’s Office of Military Intelligence. Bonhoeffer’s influence theologically and historically continues to pervade society through his various publications. 


Dietrich Bonhoeffer