Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born in Breslau in 1906. The son of a famous German psychiatrist, he studied in Berlin and New York City. He left the safety of America to return to Germany and continue his public repudiation of the Nazis, which led to his arrest in 1943. Linked to the group of conspirators whose attempted assassination of Hitler failed, he was hanged in April 1945.
Life Among the Flossenberg martyrs was a remarkable young
Lutheran pastor named Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who had joined the
underground convinced that it was his duty as a Christian to work
for Hitler's defeat. Bonhoeffer was only thirty-nine when he died,
but he had already made a monumental contribution to Christian
thought, which today has profound and growing significance for both
theologian and layman. Bonhoeffer's books are gaining an
astonishing popularity in the secutar world....He is admired by
people who have read his best-known books, The Cost of
Discipleship and Letters and Papers from Prison, as the
example of what a modem Christian must be.
Times Literary Supplement (London) A very moving book, lived as well as written.