Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Wroclaw - Berlin

On February 4, Dietrich Bonhoeffer is born, the sixth of eight children. The father is the physician and neurologist Prof. Dr. Karl Bonhoeffer, the mother Paula, née. from hare. As director of the university neurology clinic of the Charité, his father takes over the leading chair of psychiatry and neurology in Germany. The family moves to Berlin.

1923 - 1927


Abitur, studied Protestant theology in Tübingen. In 1927, at the age of 21, he received his doctorate.

1928 - 1931

Barcelona - Berlin - New York

Vicariate in the German parish in Barcelona. Second theological examination and habilitation in Berlin. Study trip to America.

1931 - 1933

Private lectureship at the Berlin Faculty of Theology. Ordinance in the Matthäikirche in Berlin's Tiergarten district.


1933 - 1934


Elected pastor of the Uniate parish of Sydenham and the Reformed parish of St. Paul. In addition to parish work, his main concern is the emigrants of the first wave of refugees from Germany.


1935 - 1937

Finkenwalde Establishment and management of the seminary for preachers of the Confessing Church at Zingsthof, later in Finkenwalde. Here he meets his future bride Maria von Wedemeyer for the first time.



Dietrich Bonhoeffer is banned from Berlin.


1940 - 1942

Dietrich Bonhoeffer receives a ban on legal speech. During this time, Bonhoeffer actively resisted the Hitler state.


Engagement with Maria von Wedemeyer

1944 - 1945

Berlin - Buchenwald - Schönberg



On April 5, Hitler's personal extermination order is issued. On April 9 Dietrich Bonhoeffer is executed in concentration camp