Dietrich Bonhoeffer By: Jaryn Thomas

Breslau, Germany but now Wrackow, Poland

Dietrich was born on February 4, 1906 in Breslau, Germany which is now part of Poland.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Family

Dietrich has three brothers and four sisters. His parents are Karl Ludwig Bonhoeffer and Paula Von Hase. When Dietrich was young he played the piano and did art; at a young age is when he decided that he wanted to be a minister.

University of Berlin

In 1927, Dietrich graduated from University of Berlin, he gained a doctorate in theology. When he got older he was a theologian, Protestant pastor, a spy for the German resistance, and a author. He married Maria Von Wedemeyer, but they had no children.

Confessing Church

Bonhoeffer opposed the rise of fascist government in Germany. He helped organize and he also taught at the Pastors' Emergency League, which helped men and women who wanted to become a pastor. The Pastors' Emergency League became the head of the confessing church. The confessing church is a anti-Nazi German Protestant church in Germany. Pastors' Emergency League was secret because Hitler banded teachings in seminaries in the country of Germany. He wrote five books, "Letters and Papers from Prison", "Work", "The Cost of Discipleship", "Life Together", and "Creation and Full".

Statue of Bonhoeffer in Germany

Dietrich still remains an important symbol of opposition to Hitler, and his views on Christianity. He played a key role in the leadership of the confessing church that resisted Hitler. Bonhoeffer' s life as a pastor and theologian exerted as a great influence plus inspiration for Christians and broad denominations and ideologies.

Wilbur Award

Bonhoeffer was the winner of Wilbur Award for one of his books he wrote in 2013.

" In following Jesus, people are released from the hard yoke of their own laws to be under the gentle yoke of Jesus Christ... Jesus' commandments never wishes to destroy life, but rather to preserve, strengthen, and heal life."

" When our will wholeheartedly enters into the prayer of Christ, then we pray correctly."

One of the verses he uses is Matthew 6:12 which is, " And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors."

Dietrich in Barcelona, Spain

Other Facts About Dietrich

  • He spent time in Barcelona, Spain and New York to give him wider outlook on life and helped him move away from academic studies and move on to more interpretations of the Gospels.
  • In 1931, Dietrich returned to Berlin and was ordained as a priest at age 25.
  • He spent a year at New York's Union Theological Seminary.
  • Dietrich was the first German Protestant to see the demonic implications of Nazism.
  • He then died on April 9 1945 at Flossenburg Concentration camp in Germany.


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