Monday, April 09, 2012

Anniversary - Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was executed the morning of April 9, 1945 at Flossenberg, by direct order of Adolf Hitler, who seems to have anticipated his power to execute enemies was about to expire.

The observing camp doctor wrote:  
I saw Pastor Bonhoeffer ... kneeling on the floor praying fervently to God. I was most deeply moved by the way this lovable man prayed, so devout and so certain that God heard his prayer. At the place of execution, he again said a short prayer and then climbed the few steps to the gallows, brave and composed. His death ensued after a few seconds. In the almost fifty years that I worked as a doctor, I have hardly ever seen a man die so entirely submissive to the will of God.

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