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The Plot to Kill Hitler: Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Spy, Unlikely Hero

by Patricia McCormick

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It was April 5, 1943, and the Gestapo would arrive any minute. Dietrich Bonhoeffer had been expecting this day for a long time. He had put his papers in order -- and left a few notes specifically for Hitler's men to see. Two SS agents climbed the stairs and told the boyish-looking Bonhoeffer to come with them. He calmly said good-bye to his parents, put his Bible under his arm, and left. Upstairs there was proof, in his own handwriting, that this quiet young minister was part of a conspiracy to kill Adolf Hitler. This account includes the discovery that Bonhoeffer was one of the first people to provide evidence to the Allies that Jews were being deported to death camps. It takes readers from his privileged early childhood to the studies and travel that would introduce him to peace activists around the world -- eventually putting this gentle, scholarly pacifist on a deadly course to assassinate one of the most ruthless dictators in history.… (more)
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RGG: Amazingly well-crafted biography, which reveals the religious / philosophical principals behind Bonhoeffer's decision making. Plus describes the not well-known anti-Hitler movement in Germany. Reading Interest: 12-YA.
  rgruberhighschool | Aug 24, 2019 |
RGG: Amazingly well-crafted biography, which reveals the religious / philosophical principals behind Bonhoeffer's decision making. Plus describes the not well-known anti-Hitler movement in Germany. Reading Interest: 12-YA.
  rgruberexcel | Feb 25, 2018 |
This may be a book for young adults, but I’d give it to any adult interested in the US political system as it is playing out after the 2016 election. How interesting that the assassination plot involved a clergyman who refused to let his national leader override his religious and moral views. ( )
  brangwinn | Jan 9, 2017 |
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It was April 5, 1943, and the Gestapo would arrive any minute. Dietrich Bonhoeffer had been expecting this day for a long time. He had put his papers in order -- and left a few notes specifically for Hitler's men to see. Two SS agents climbed the stairs and told the boyish-looking Bonhoeffer to come with them. He calmly said good-bye to his parents, put his Bible under his arm, and left. Upstairs there was proof, in his own handwriting, that this quiet young minister was part of a conspiracy to kill Adolf Hitler. This account includes the discovery that Bonhoeffer was one of the first people to provide evidence to the Allies that Jews were being deported to death camps. It takes readers from his privileged early childhood to the studies and travel that would introduce him to peace activists around the world -- eventually putting this gentle, scholarly pacifist on a deadly course to assassinate one of the most ruthless dictators in history.

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