The Plot to Kill Hitler: Dietrich Bonhoeffer: pastor, spy, unlikely hero by Patricia McCormick

ttrThe Plot to Kill Hitler: Dietrich Bonhoeffer: pastor, spy, unlikely hero by Patricia McCormick

About: It was April 5, 1943, and the Gestapo would arrive any minute. Dietrich Bonhoeffer had been expecting this day for a long time. He had put his papers in order–and left a few notes specifically for Hitlers men to see. Two SS agents climbed the stairs and told the boyish-looking Bonhoeffer to come with them. He calmly said good-bye to his parents, put his Bible under his arm, and left. Upstairs there was proof, in his own handwriting, that this quiet young minister was part of a conspiracy to kill Adolf Hitler.–

Debbie’s Thoughts: Born into a wealthy, academic German family in 1906 shy, sweet Dietrich Bonhoeffer grows up during the rise of Adolph Hitler and the Third Reich. One of 8 children who all choose science and math careers Dietrich opts for the clergy and his belief in the “Universal Church”; a church for all mankind. He comes, with great difficulty, to the decision that the highest moral action is to kill Adolph Hitler.

How far are good people willing to go to combat evil? I hope as far as Dietrich Bonhoeffer. And I would like to think I could be just as brave and self-sacrificing.


About Audviral, Mistress of the Stacks

Teen Services Librarian for the Rita & Truett Smith Public Library of Wylie, Texas.
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