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Bonhoeffer’s Christmas in a Cold Nazi Prison

December 24, 2013

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From Denny Burk:

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer awoke December 25, 1943 on a hard wooden bed. It was the first of two Christmases he would spend sequestered in a Nazi prison.

This first Christmas would be celebrated in a lonely prison cell in a place called Tegel. He had been there for nine months, and he would be there for nine more until he was transferred to his final home, a Nazi concentration camp.

Bonhoeffer had hoped to be released for the holiday, but that was contingent on his personal lawyer who proved unreliable. His hope of spending Christmas with his family quickly evaporated into the cold silence, and his only connection with his parents would come through letters.

Inside Tegel

In the Tegel prison, Bonhoeffer and his 700 fellow inmates were treated as criminals irrespective of trials and verdicts. The men were underfed and verbally harassed, and frequently the warden refused…

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2 comments

  1. It’s hard to realize where Christianity would be, without Bonhoeffer. The Cost of Discipleship changed my life. His more difficult work on Ethics has some issues that still cause me to contemplate whether we are traveling the same road as Christ or a facsimile.


  2. Reblogged this on Defy The Narrative.



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