"Some words Gorky used about Tolstoy come into my mind: 'Look what a wonderful man is living on this earth!' . . . Bethge has produced a monumental study of him which will surely stand as the definitive and authoritative work on the subject. Reading . . . it is a spiritual experience." -- - --Malcolm Muggeridge, The Observers
About the Author
Eberhard Bethge was born in 1909 in Warchau, and attended the universities of Knigsberg, Berlin, Wien, Tbingen and Halle, receiving the Doctor of Divinity degree. From 1935 to 1940 he assisted Dietrich Bonhoeffer at the preacher's seminary in Finkenwalde and, after the Gestapo closed the seminary, in the underground pastorates. In 1953 he became pastor of the German congregation in London. He remained therre until 1961, except for one year 1957--1958) spent as visiting lecturer at Havard Divinity School. In 1962 he was awarded an honorary degree of D.D. at Glasgow University. From 1961 until his retirement in 1975 he was director of the Institute of Continuing Education for Ministers of the Evangelical church of the Rhineland in Rengsdorf. In 1966 he was Visiting Professor at Chicago Theological Seminary and in 1976 was Fosdick Professor at Union Seminary, New York.
A close friend and relative of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's, he edited Ethics and Letters and Papers from Prison, and is the author of Bonhoeffer: Exile and Martyr. He is also the editor of the German edition of Bonhoeffer's Collected Works, now being published in translation by Fortress Press. Eberhard Bethge's exhaustive biography of Bonhoeffer is recognized throughout the world as the definitive biography.
Victoria J. Barnett (Editor), a Bonhoeffer scholar, edited and revised this volume in 1998.