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Bonhoeffer, Dietrich (1906–1945)

  1. D. E. “Gene” Mills Jr.

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0174

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Mills, D. E. “. 2011. Bonhoeffer, Dietrich (1906–1945). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born on February 4, 1906 in Breslau, Germany into the family of noted physician and professor Karl Bonhoeffer. Both sides of Dietrich's family were well placed in society, giving him a privileged upbringing. He died in a Nazi prison camp on April 9, 1945. His 39 years earned him the legacy of martyr, theologian, pastor, and critic of both society and the church.


  • Bonhoeffer, Dietrich (1906–1945);
  • lifelong pastoral ministry;
  • pastoral mentoring and teaching;
  • Bonhoeffer's impatience, with the confessing church;
  • Bonhoeffer's involvement with the abwehr;
  • center of resistance movement;
  • conspiracy, to oust hitler;
  • Bonhoeffer's letters and papers from prison;
  • controversial, theological thinking