Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Discussion in 'Germany' started by Harry Ree, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    There is a documentary due to be screened tonight on the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the evangelical theologian who opposed Hitler and was executed in April 1945 at Flossenburg.

    A man who remained true to his convictions and can be regarded as truely "great" during the Third Reich era.

    God v Hitler-----Bonhoeffer's Story......PBS America 1015pm
  2. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    should be very interesting as he taught a friend of mine in Spain in studies of Lutheran Theology before travelling to Scotland to do the same there.

    It has been said that he was hanged by a piano wire - naked - and in a freezing ice
    covered garden - as you say - true to his convictions

  3. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    Certainly a man to be admired for his faith, forthrightness and integrity.
  4. Wills

    Wills Very Senior Member

  5. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    Surely the Lord is keeping his immortal soul in his Presence, among many.

    Genesis 18, 20-33
  6. geoff501

    geoff501 Achtung Feind hört mit

    I was lucky enough (if that's the right word) to decrypt some genuine Enigma messages from Flossenburg from this time, which somehow survived. Although we did not find any directly related to Dietrich Bonhoeffer, this was found:

    "From the existing evidence it is therefore most likely that General Rabenau was killed some time in the early morning of 15 April 1945. A likely time frame would be from 6 - 7 o'clock. This is the same time period when Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, General Hans Oster, Heereschefrichter (Chief Army Judge) Dr. Karl Sack, Hauptmann (Captain) Ludwig Gehre and pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer were hanged in the courtyard at KL Flossenbürg on 9 April 1945. "

    Frode Weierud's CryptoCellar | General von Rabenau

    Surely the Lord is keeping his immortal soul in his Presence, among many.

    We hope so.
  7. Tom Canning

    Tom Canning WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Za/ Geoff

    Little question that the Lord has him in His presence as he comes under the Aquinas exception for salvation - not too sure about many of the present day as more and more
    jurisdictions are voting to emulate Sodom
  8. Drayton

    Drayton Senior Member

    For those who do not yet know, Dietrich Bonhoeffer is one of the "modern saints" commemorated by the row of statuettes placed above the west door of Westminster Abbey a few years ago.
  9. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    The story of this man and the manner of his death shold be quoted whenever a wanabee SS reenactor shows his face on this and similar forums.

    Truly deserving his place in the history of the Third Reich.

  10. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

    In Our Time (Tomorrow - as at time of posting this ;-) : BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    (Nb: This programme will be on BBC Radio 4 - at 9am - Thursday 27th September 2018 - and available on the BBC IPlayer shortly after broadcast )

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas and life of the German theologian, born in Breslau/Wroclaw in 1906 and killed in the Flossenbürg concentration camp on 9th April 1945. Bonhoeffer developed ideas about the role of the Church in the secular world, in particular Germany after the Nazis took power in 1933 and demanded the Churches' support. He strongly opposed anti-Semitism and, with a role in the Military Intelligence Department, took part in the resistance, plotting to kill Hitler and meeting with contacts in the Allies. Bonhoeffer's ideas on Christian ethics and the relationship between Christianity and humanism spread more widely from the 1960s with the discovery of unpublished works, including those written in prison as he awaited execution.

    With Stephen Plant; Dean and Runcie Fellow at Trinity Hall at the University of Cambridge
    Eleanor McLaughlin; Lecturer in Theology and Ethics at the University of Winchester and Lecturer in Ethics at Regent’s Park College at the University of Oxford
    And Tom Greggs; Marischal Chair of Divinity at the University of Aberdeen
    Producer: Simon Tillotson

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