Letters and Papers from Prison

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Simon and Schuster, May 10, 2011 - Religion - 448 pages
One of the great classics of prison literature, Letters and Papers from Prison effectively serves as the last will and testament of the Lutheran theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a young German pastor who was executed by the Nazis in 1945 for his part in the “officers’ plot” to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
This expanded version of Letters and Papers from Prison shifts the emphasis of earlier editions of Bonhoeffer’s theological reflections to the private sphere of his life. His letters appear in greater detail and show his daily concerns. Letters from Bonhoeffer’s parents, siblings, and other relatives have also been added, in addition to previously inaccessible letters and legal papers referring to his trial.
Acute and subtle, warm and perceptive, yet also profoundly moving, the documents collectively tell a very human story of loss, of courage, and of hope. Bonhoeffer’s story seems as vitally relevant, as politically prophetic, and as theologically significant today, as it did yesterday.
 

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User Review  - Adurna101 - LibraryThing

Letters and Papers from Prison (LPP) by Dietrich Bonhoeffer is a fascinating creation of desperation and subtle suffering wrapped up within an understanding and reliance upon the Judeo-Christian God ... Read full review

User Review  - Marv - Christianbook.com

The letters are very detailed and not the easiest to follow. However, they are interesting. Read full review

Contents

Letters from II April to 30 July 1943
33
A Wedding Sermon from a Prison Cell May 1943
41
Outlines of letters To the Judge Advocate Dr Roeder during
56
Letters from 3 August 1943 to Io April 1944
87
Testament of 20 September 1943
139
Report on Experiences during Alerts
151
Report on Prison Life after One Year in Tegel
248
Letters from II April to 18 July 1944
271
July 1944 3 43
343
Night Voices in Tegel A poem
349
Letters from 21 July 1944 to 28 February 1945
370
JulyAugust 1944
379
The Friend A poem
388
Jonah A poem
395
Epilogue
409
Family Tree showing the relationship between members of
420

Thoughts on the Day of the Baptism of Dietrich Wilhelm Rüdiger
294
Sorrow and Joy A poem
334

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About the author (2011)

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born in Breslau in 1906. The son of a famous German psychiatrist, he studied in Berlin and New York City. He left the safety of America to return to Germany and continue his public repudiation of the Nazis, which led to his arrest in 1943. Linked to the group of conspirators whose attempted assassination of Hitler failed, he was hanged in April 1945.

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