Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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  • WWI start

    WWI start
  • WWI end (Treaty of Versailles)

  • Enrolls at University of Tubingen to study theology

  • Dietrich and Klaus goes on a trip to Italy

  • Successfully defends his thesis "Communion of Saints" and becomes Dr

  • US stock market crash

  • Completes 2nd thesis "Act and Being"

  • Leaves for NY to attend Union Theological Seminary

  • Returns to Germany

  • Hitler becomes chancellor of coalition government

  • Reichstag Fire Decree

  • Enabling Act

  • Aryan Paragraph

  • The Church and the Jewish Question

  • Burning of books at universities

  • Pastors two German churches in England and becomes informant to Bishop Bell

  • Confessing Church formed

  • Dietrich returns to Germany and becomes director of the seminary for the Confessing Church at Finkenwalde

  • Olympic Games (Berlin)

  • Gestapo closes Finkenwalde

  • Kristalnacht

  • German troops invade Czechoslovakia

  • Dietrich at crossroads and leave for NY to give series of lectures

  • Dietrich returns to Germany to support family and church

  • Germany invades Poland and WWII starts

  • France signs armistice with Germany and Dietrich decides to be part of conspiracy

  • Dietrich starts on his new book "Ethics"

  • Systematic killing of Jews and their relatives start by forcing Jews to wear Star of David on their clothing