Memorial and Place of Encounter Bonhoeffer-House
|Lic. Dietrich Bonhoeffer|
Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Berlin Pastor and professor of theology – resisted National Socialism at a time when tyranny and racism ruled Germany, victimizing religious, ethnic, and social minorities. Bonhoeffer applied his Christian faith and his theological reflections to his everyday actions. This brought him in conflict with the Nazi regime, and he paid for his convictions with his life. Bonhoeffer’s thoughts about the church continue to challenge us today; they also encourage us and move us to remain active.
|Prof. Dr. Karl Bonhoeffer|
The BONHOEFFER–HOUSE was built in 1935 as the retirement home of Professor Dr. med. Karl Bonhoeffer and his wife Paula, Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s parents. Whenever Dietrich Bonhoeffer was in Berlin, he lived here. In his study, parts of his book Ethics had their origin; as did his analysis of the resistance, After Ten Years, the manuscript of which survived the war hidden in the house. On April 5, 1943, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was arrested by the Gestapo in this building.
Here also occurred conspiratorial discussions of the resistance movement against the National Socialists, with decisive participation of family members. Finally, the sons Klaus (a lawyer) and Dietrich, and the two sons-in-law Hans von Dohnanyi (a lawyer) and Rüdiger Schleicher (also a lawyer) were murdered by the Nazis in April, 1945.
In the former medical practice of Karl Bonhoeffer there is a permanent exhibition on life and work and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. A first impression of our exhibition can be found in our online presentation (link is external).
Bonhoeffer’s study on the upper floor was restored to the approximate condition in which he left it in April 1943. It now contains the original bookshelves, his desktop and the clavichord.
Both the Bonhoeffer Studyroom and the sanitary area of the house can only be reached by stairs.
The Bonhoeffer House is honorary directed and organized. The guided tours are offered by theologians, pedagogues and teachers in German and English.