Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

No Ordinary Men: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans Von Dohnanyi-Resisters against Hitler in Church and State

Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

No Ordinary Men: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans Von Dohnanyi-Resisters against Hitler in Church and State

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No Ordinary Men: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi--Resisters against Hitler in Church and State. By Elisabeth Sifton and Fritz Stern. New York: New York Review, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-5901-7681-8. Cloth. 157 pages. $19.95.

Fascination with the legacy of Bonhoeffer and the German resistance continues to generate insightful research and publications. This book provides a historically accurate, well-documented, and clear narrative of the activities organized within the Wehrmacht's counterintelligence department. This book expands the focus from Dietrich Bonhoeffer himself to incorporate especially the role of his brother-in-law, Hans von Dohnanyi, a lawyer, who was involved together with Bonhoeffer both in the conspiracy to assassinate Hitler and as an architect designing a post-Nazi German government.

The wider participation of the entire BonhoefFer family in early and persistent opposition to the Third Reich is a story less well known than the life and legacy of Bonhoeffer himself. Dohnanyi, married to Bonhoeffer's sister Christine, together with two other lawyers in the BonhoefFer family--brother, Klaus, and brother-in-law, Rudiger Schleicher (married to another BonhoefFer sister, Ursula)--were all active conspirators. …

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