Remembering Dietrich Bonhoeffer

By Jack Palmer 4-09-2012
Photo by Authenticated News/Getty Images
Dietrich Bonhoeffer portrait. Photo by Authenticated News/Getty Images

Today marks the 67th anniversary of the execution of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German pastor and theologian who was a member of the German resistance movement against Nazism in the 1930s and 1940s and a founding member of the Confessing Church in Germany, which represented a major source of Christian opposition to the Nazi government in Germany.

An outspoken critic of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party, Bonhoeffer was arrested in 1943 and hanged at Flossenbürg concentration camp 9 April, 1945 – just a month before Germany surrendered and the War in Europe ended.

One of the most influential Christian thinkers and writers of the 20th Century, Sojourners today honors the memory of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

“The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

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