Bonhoeffer Executed 78 Years Ago Today


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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