Memorial and Place of Encounter Bonhoeffer-House

Dietrich BonhoefferDietrich Bonhoeffer – Berlin Pastor and professor of theology – resisted National Socialism at a time when tyranny and racism ruled Germany, victimizing religious, ethnic, and social minorities. Bonhoeffer applied his Christian faith and his theological reflections to his everyday actions. This brought him in conflict with the Nazi regime, and he paid for his convictions with his life. Bonhoeffer's thoughts about the church continue to challenge us today; they also encourage us and move us to remain active.
Lic. Dietrich Bonhoeffer 
Karl BonhoefferThe BONHOEFFER–HOUSE was built in 1935 as the retirement home of Professor Dr. med. Karl Bonhoeffer and his wife Paula, Dietrich Bonhoeffer's parents. Whenever Dietrich Bonhoeffer was in Berlin, he lived here. In his study, parts of his book Ethics had their origin; as did his analysis of the resistance, After Ten Years, the manuscript of which survived the war hidden in the house. On April 5, 1943, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was arrested by the Gestapo in this building.
Prof. Dr. Karl Bonhoeffer 
Paula BonhoefferHere also occurred conspiratorial discussions of the resistance movement against the National Socialists, with decisive participation of family members. Finally, the sons Klaus (a lawyer) and Dietrich, and the two sons-in-law Hans von Dohnanyi (a lawyer) and Rüdiger Schleicher (also a lawyer) were murdered by the Nazis in April, 1945.
Paula Bonhoeffer 

In the former medical practice of Karl Bonhoeffer there is a permanent exhibition on life and work and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. A first impression of our exhibition can be found in our online presentation.


Bonhoeffer´s Study RoomBonhoeffer's study on the upper floor was restored to the approximate condition in which he left it in April 1943. It now contains the original bookshelves, his desktop and the clavichord.
Bonhoeffer-HouseThe house is open to all visitors – individuals and groups up to max. 25 people. A permanent library help to answer questions about the relevance of Dietrich Bonhoeffer for today. These resources have to be used in the house. Please make contact early enough to arrange an appointment for your visit or if you need assistance in preparing your trip to the Bonhoeffer-House.


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