Dietrich Bonhoeffer: February 4, 1906 – April 9, 1945

Today is the 65th Anniversary of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s death. Bonhoeffer, a German Lutheran Pastor, was killed at the Nazi Concentration Camp in Flossenburg, Germany.

He is commemorated as a Martyr by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Church of England and the Church in Wales.

“The camp doctor who witnessed the execution wrote: ‘I saw Pastor Bonhoeffer kneeling on the floor praying fervently to God. I was most deeply moved by the way this lovable man prayed, so devout and so certain that God heard his prayer. At the place of execution, he again said a short prayer and then climbed the few steps to the gallows, brave and composed. His death ensued after a few seconds. In the almost fifty years that I worked as a doctor, I have hardly ever seen a man die so entirely submissive to the will of God.’”

One Response to “Dietrich Bonhoeffer: February 4, 1906 – April 9, 1945”

  1. mike Says:

    Thanks for the reminder!! People don’t realize that the first people sent off to the concentration camps weren’t Jews, but Hitler’s opponents, as well as undesirable Germans as in kids and adults with disabilities…

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