Dietrich Bonhoeffer

1906 - 1945

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer (German: [ˈdiːtʁɪç ˈbɔn.høː.fɐ] (listen); 4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and key founding member of the Confessing Church. His writings on Christianity's role in the secular world have become widely influential, and his 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 Hitler's euthanasia program and genocidal persecution of the Jews. He was arrested in April 1943 by the Gestapo and imprisoned at Tegel prison for one and a half years. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Dietrich Bonhoeffer has received more than 3,205,975 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Dietrich Bonhoeffer is the 382nd most popular religious figure (down from 363rd in 2019), the 69th most popular biography from Poland (down from 66th 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 382 out of 2,272Before him are Ali al-Ridha, Clement of Ohrid, Pope Marcellus I, John Climacus, Maximus the Confessor, and Pope John IX. After him are Saint Apollonia, Theodore of Amasea, Pope Sergius IV, Abd Allah ibn al-Zubayr, Pachomius the Great, and Talhah.

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Among people born in 1906, Dietrich Bonhoeffer ranks 24Before him are Sergei Korolev, Josephine Baker, Emmanuel Levinas, Prince Gustaf Adolf, Duke of Västerbotten, Maria Goeppert Mayer, and Ed Gein. After him are Giuseppe Farina, Soichiro Honda, Alexey Stakhanov, Hermann Fegelein, Ernst Ruska, and Léopold Sédar Senghor. Among people deceased in 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer ranks 27Before him are Johan Huizinga, Clara Petacci, Pietro Mascagni, Subhas Chandra Bose, Heinrich Müller, and Pierre Laval. After him are David Lloyd George, Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen, Hermann Fegelein, Ernst Busch, Hans Krebs, and August von Mackensen.

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Among people born in Poland, Dietrich Bonhoeffer ranks 69 out of 1,231Before him are Werner von Blomberg (1878), Walther Nernst (1864), Paul Ehrlich (1854), Sigismund I the Old (1467), Albert A. Michelson (1852), and Erich von Falkenhayn (1861). After him are Emanuel Lasker (1868), Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen (1895), Bolesław I the Brave (967), Maria Feodorovna (1759), Benoit Mandelbrot (1924), and Casimir IV Jagiellon (1427).


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), Itzhak Stern (1901), Stanislaus Kostka (1550), Stanislaus of Szczepanów (1030), Hyacinth of Poland (1185), Stefan Wyszyński (1901), and Stanisław Dziwisz (1939).