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The Tragedy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and
Hans von Dohnanyi

To oppose such a [the Nazi] regime was rare, and to do so in order to protect the sanctity of law and faith was rarer still. We are concerned here with two exceptional men who from the start of the Third Reich opposed the Nazi outrages: the scarcely known lawyer Hans von Dohnanyi and his brother-in-law, the well-known pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Elisabeth Sifton and Fritz Stern
OCTOBER 25, 2012  New York Review of Books
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Dietrich Bonhoeffer with his twin sister Sabine in London, just after his return from America and before his final return to Germany, July 1939 (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin/bpk/Rotraut Forberg/Art Resource)

In January 1933, German conservatives, facing a political deadlock, engineered a way for Adolf Hitler, leader of Germany’s largest political party, to become chancellor, with a predominantly conservative cabinet. They thought he would be their “captive”—the first…

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