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Love Letters from Cell 92: The Correspondence Between Dietrich Bonhoeffer… (1992)

by Ruth-Alice von Bismarck

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Love Letters From Cell 92: The Correspondence Between Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Maria Von Wedemeyer 1943-1945… by Bonhoeffer and Von Wedemeyer.

The letters are written between Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Maria Von Wedemeyer. Dietrich was a theologian and preached a radio sermon (two days after Hitler came to power) condemning the German leader's politics. The transmission was cut off. In 1935, he was appointed head of an underground seminary at Finkenwalde. The Gestapo closed the school two years later, but Dietrich's resistance activities continued.
He had met Maria previously, but when they met again in 1942, they fell in love. Dietrich was arrested shortly after their engagement in early 1943.
They never saw each other again outside prison walls. However through their correspondence their relationship deepened. This book is basically what it is entitled. Love letters between two people torn apart by war, never knowing if the one would see the other again in this lifetime.
A lot has been written about Dietrich, the man, theologian and martyr, but no one has taken into account the side of the man known by his fiancee. In these letters are their hopes, dreams, longings and fears, of course, and a timeless love story.
Love Letters From Cell 92: The Correspondence Between Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Maria von Wedemeyer 1943-45 was not bad, but not quite what I was expecting. It was however, exactly as the title implies, love letters. It made me want to learn more about Bonhoeffer. The man was so strong in his faith in the Lord, which along with attempting to plan a coup is what caused him to be imprisoned.
The book contains a Translator's Note, a Preface, and an introduction. It, as well, has a lot of postscripts, historical notes, and footnotes. We do find out what happens to Maria and other family members after the death of Bonhoeffer. There is a lot in the book and in their letters of both families and sounds as if the families were very close within themselves and came to love each other through all the trials their loved ones were going through.
Much of it is written as a memoir or diary. A lot of it is repetitive as love letters tend to be. I think this book would work best as an accompaniment to other works of Bonhoeffer. I cautiously recommend it. ( )
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A brilliant theologian hanged by the Nazis in 1945 for taking part in a plot to kill Hitler, Dietrich Bonhoeffer lived out his Christian commitment to the very end of his life. This collection of correspondence between Bonhoeffer and von Wedemeyer--long anticipated but never before published--offers an understanding of a mature theologian who was in love with a 19-year-old woman.

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