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Bonhoeffer Executed 78 Years Ago Today

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On July 20, 1944, an assassination attempt against Hitler titled “Operation Valkyrie” failed. Bonhoeffer was charged for knowing about the plot.

On April 8, 1945, he was court-martialed without representation and sentenced to death. The next day, Bonhoeffer was ordered to strip naked before being hanged.

Hermann Fischer-Hüllstrung, a Flossenbürg prison doctor, described Bonhoeffer’s last moments: “Through the half-open door, I saw Pastor Bonhoeffer still in his prison clothes, kneeling in fervent prayer to the Lord his God. The devotion and evident conviction of being heard that I saw in the prayer of this intensely captivating man moved me to the depths.”

Bonhoeffer’s last words were, “This is the end - for me, the beginning of life.”

 

-- Thanks to John K. Amanchukwu Sr. for the above content. 

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