Full Human Lives

Time is lost when we have not lived a full human life, time unenriched by experience, creative endeavour, enjoyment, and suffering. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

This sentence, from the classic Letters and Papers from Prison, was written by Bonhoeffer three weeks before he was hanged on Hitler’s personal orders in 1945. Meanwhile, Hitler wrote:

Nature is cruel; therefore we, too, may be cruel.

Bonhoeffer, a pastor, and his brother-in-law lawyer, Hans von Dohnanyi, resisted the Nazi’s control: recording crimes, helping victims and plotting against Hitler himself.

Hitler had no greater, more courageous, and more admirable enemies than Hans von Dohnanyi and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.– Elisabeth Sifton and Fritz Stern (read the full story here)

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