Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Theologian, Author

1906 – 1945

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Who was Dietrich Bonhoeffer?

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, dissident anti-Nazi and founding member of the Confessing Church. His writings on Christianity's role in the secular world have become widely influential, and many have labelled his book The Cost of Discipleship a modern classic.

Apart from his theological writings, Bonhoeffer became known for his staunch resistance to the Nazi dictatorship. He strongly opposed Hitler's euthanasia program and genocidal persecution of the Jews. He was also involved in plans by members of the Abwehr to assassinate Adolf Hitler. He was arrested in April 1943 by the Gestapo and executed by hanging in April 1945 while imprisoned at a Nazi concentration camp, just 23 days before the German surrender.

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Born
Feb 4, 1906
Wrocław
Parents
Siblings
Religion
  • Lutheranism
  • Confessing Church
Nationality
  • Germany
Profession
Education
  • Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York
  • Humboldt University of Berlin
  • Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen
Lived in
  • Wrocław
Died
Apr 9, 1945
Flossenbürg concentration camp
Resting place
Dorotheenstadt cemetery

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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