Christmas 1943: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

In 1943 America, Dennis Day was singing, “I’ll be Home for Christmas.”

In Germany, 800 prisoners of the Third Reich were awaiting trial in a military prison.
Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer was among them, hoping to be released by Christmas. That didn’t happen.

In December 1943, Bonhoeffer wrote a Christmas letter from his prison cell. He wrote that it could be easy to despair, but that this Christmas would be more meaningful to those in such a lonely and desolate place. He wrote that Jesus was “born in a stable because there was no room for him in the inn – a prisoner grasps this better than others.”

After being moved from one prison and concentration camp to another, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was executed in April 1945.

Engage with the Bible—in words of hope in perilous times!


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