Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a theological genius of the 20th century, is now emerging as a, martyr and spy — a war hero who conspired to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
On April 9, 1945, 65 years ago today, just a few weeks before an allied offensive brought Germany to its knees and ended World War II in Europe, a young, mild-mannered Lutheran theologian was hanged by the Nazis in Flossenburg Concentration Camp.
His crime … conspiring to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a theological genius of the 20th century, is now emerging as a war hero, martyr and spy.
"What is so amazing about the story of Bonhoeffer is that he puts a completely different spin for us as Americans on World War II," says Eric Metaxas, author of "Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy" (Thomas Nelson, 2010), the first biography in 40 years of this influential Christian. The book is being released on Friday, the anniversary of Bonhoeffer's execution.
"Christians all over the world have read his books," Metaxas says, "but very few people know the full story of his involvement in a plot to kill the head of the German state."
Writes author Eric Metaxas:
Tim Keller has written the foreword and to say that I’m excited about this book would be the understatement of my life. This is the first major biography of Bonhoeffer in forty years. To find out more about Bonhoeffer before the book is released, here’s a link to the 2003 PBS documentary directed by my new friend Martin Doblmeier. It’s spectacular.