The Wall Street Journal Reviews BONHOEFFER!!

Tags: , , , , ,
Published by Eric Metaxas on 04/21/10 under Blog Media Reviews

COVER-Bonhoeffer2

BELIEF IN ACTION
In Hitler’s Germany, a Lutheran pastor chooses resistance and pays with his life.

By JOSEPH LOCONTE

In April 1933, during the early months of Nazi rule in Germany, the “Aryan Paragraph,” as it came to be called, went into effect. A new law banned anyone of Jewish descent from government employment. Hitler’s assault on the Jews—already so evidently under way in his toxic rhetoric and in the ideological imperatives of his party—was moving into a crushing legal phase. German churches, which relied on state support, now faced a choice: preserve their subsidies by dismissing their pastors and employees with Jewish blood—or resist. Most Protestant and Catholic leaders fell into line, visibly currying favor with the regime or quietly complying with its edict.

To read the rest of the review, please click here.

To order the book, please click here!