Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) was a Lutheran pastor and theologian who led the Confessing Church movement in Germany against the Nazi government sanctioned by the state Lutheran church. 

Amongst his influential works are The Cost of Discipleship, Letters & Papers from Prison, and Life Together. Bonhoeffer's awareness early on of the implications of Hitler for Germany and his warnings against co-opted Christianity in his sermons, speeches, and writings, grounded in his deep piety and superior grasp of 20th century theological issues, earned him international renown during the chaos of the era. A Christian resistance leader and ultimately a collaborator against Nazism, he was arrested in 1943 for participation in an assassination attempt against Hitler, imprisoned for two years, and executed days before the end of World War II. Bonhoeffer is remembered as a martyr, a theologian, and believer whose thought and actions continue to inspire successive generations.