Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Theologian, Anti-Nazi Conspiritor

Executed by Hitler for His Faith

In the final days before the end of the 3rd Reich, Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer was painfully tortured to death by the Nazis for preaching the evils of Nazism and also being a part of an underground conspirators with ties to the attempt on Hitler’s life (see Von Stauffenburg’s briefcase bomb). He was slowly hanged for 6 hours (they would often revive men just before death) for his role in promoting Godly principles, civic responsibility, and opposing the Nazis. Bonhoeffer had chances to escape from his prison as he had made friends with the guards (one offering to help him escape) but he declined because his escape would have put all of his family and friends at risk of death. Bonhoeffer was vocal about the role citizens should take in their government and was highly criticized for his role in opposing evil outside of Church settings in the public sector of life. His body was never found and he is part of the gallery of 20th Century Martyrs at Westminster Abbey. His writings and impact on the lives of future generations cannot be understated. Bonhoeffer’s last words : “This is the end. For me the beginning of life.”


The cost of freedom and opposing evil is high. Even though he never picked up a gun, Bonhoeffer made a difference. Valor is in you. Set it free.


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