Commemoration of the 76th anniversary of Bonhoeffer’s death

On April 9, 1945, Hans von Dohnanyi was murdered in Sachsenhausen and Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Flossenbürg together with the co-conspirators from the headquarter of the Wehrmacht.

Unfortunately, like last year, we cannot open the Bonhoeffer-Haus to visitors on the 76th anniversary of death due to the pandemic. With the thoughts of Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his “Account at the Turn of the Year 1942-1943, however, we can remain in memory of him and the others who gave their lives for the “coming generation”.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Some Statements of Faith on God’s Action in History

“I believe that God can and will let good come out of everything, even the greatest evil.

For that to happen, God needs human beings who let everything work out for the best.

I believe that in every moment of distress God will give us as much strength to resist as we need.

But it is not given to us in advance, lest we rely on ourselves and not on God alone.

In such faith all fear of the future should be overcome.

I believe that even our mistakes and shortcomings are not in vain and that it is no more difficult for God to deal with them than with our supposedly good deeds.

I believe that God is no timeless fate but waits for and responds to sincere prayer and responsible actions.”

(DBWE 8, Letters and Papers from Prison, Prologue, p. 46).

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Unfortunately, as in the previous year, we cannot open the Bonhoeffer House to visitors on the 76th anniversary of death due to the pandemic.

With the thoughts of Dietrich Bonhoeffer in the letter to Eberhard Bethge at Easter 1944, however, we can remain connected in memory with him and the others who gave their lives for “Continuing the life of a coming generation” (see Appendix).

Best regards

Gottfried Brezger

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