Dietrich Bonhoeffer

1906 - 1945

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer (German: [ˈdiːtʁɪç ˈbɔnhøːfɐ] ; 4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian and anti-Nazi dissident who was a key founding member of the Confessing Church. His writings on Christianity's role in the secular world have become widely influential; his 1937 book The Cost of Discipleship is described as a modern classic. Apart from his theological writings, Bonhoeffer was known for his staunch resistance to the Nazi dictatorship, including vocal opposition to Adolf Hitler's euthanasia program and genocidal persecution of the Jews. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Dietrich Bonhoeffer has received more than 4,195,701 page views. His biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia. Dietrich Bonhoeffer is the 445th most popular religious figure (down from 392nd in 2019), the 79th most popular biography from Poland (down from 68th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Polish Religious Figure.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German theologian and pastor who is most famous for being a part of the resistance movement against Adolf Hitler.

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Among religious figures, Dietrich Bonhoeffer ranks 445 out of 3,187Before him are Charbel Makhlouf, Nehemiah, Saint Apollonia, Pope Boniface III, Beatrice Portinari, and Pope Vitalian. After him are Báb, Pope Conon, Pope Hilarius, Pope Callixtus I, Pope Stephen IV, and Ammar ibn Yasir.

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Among people born in 1906, Dietrich Bonhoeffer ranks 27Before him are Henri Charrière, Hans Bethe, Roberto Rossellini, Ernst Ruska, Emmanuel Levinas, and Ilse Koch. After him are Soichiro Honda, Ed Gein, Hermann Fegelein, Alexey Stakhanov, Giuseppe Farina, and Léopold Sédar Senghor. Among people deceased in 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer ranks 27Before him are George S. Patton, Irma Grese, Pierre Laval, Johan Huizinga, David Lloyd George, and Vidkun Quisling. After him are August von Mackensen, Princess Stéphanie of Belgium, Hermann Fegelein, Clara Petacci, Käthe Kollwitz, and Emil Hácha.

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Among people born in Poland, Dietrich Bonhoeffer ranks 79 out of 1,694Before him are Anna Jagiellon (1523), Jakob Böhme (1575), Ladislaus I of Hungary (1046), Werner von Blomberg (1878), Tamara de Lempicka (1898), and Casimir IV Jagiellon (1427). After him are Kurt Alder (1902), Catherine Jagiellon (1526), Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly (1761), Andrzej Sapkowski (1948), Carl Menger (1840), and Robert Luther (1822).


Among religious figures born in Poland, Dietrich Bonhoeffer ranks 4Before him are Pope John Paul II (1920), Maximilian Kolbe (1894), and Faustina Kowalska (1905). After him are Saint Casimir (1458), Angelus Silesius (1624), Stanislaus of Szczepanów (1030), Stanislaus Kostka (1550), Itzhak Stern (1901), Hyacinth of Poland (1185), Jerzy Popiełuszko (1947), and Stefan Wyszyński (1901).