Ulrich Lincoln – The Perception of Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Germany

The first address at the 2014 Project Bonhoeffer Conference was by Ulrich Lincoln, a Lutheran Pastor working in London. We reproduce here the introduction to his talk and make the full text available as a PDF download.

My name is Ulrich Lincoln, I am currently pastor at the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Church in Forest Hill in Southeast London. The question I was asked to address today is: How is Bonhoeffer seen in Germany? I find this a very challenging question. And I would like to try answering it by giving a sketch of the history of Bonhoeffer’s perception in his (and my) native country. I believe we only understand the way in which people see and interpret him today if we know a bit about the history of this perception and interpretation……………….

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