The Plot to Kill Hitler: Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Spy, Unlikely Hero Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Perfect for fans of suspenseful nonfiction, such as books by Steve Sheinkin, this is a pause-resistant narrative about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor and pacifist who became an unlikely hero during World War II and took part in a plot to kill Hitler. Written by two-time National Book Award finalist Patricia McCormick, author of Sold and Never Fall Down and coauthor of the young readers' edition of I Am Malala.
It was April 5, 1943, and the Gestapo would arrive at any minute. Dietrich Bonhoeffer had been expecting this day for a long time. He had put his papers in order - and left a few notes specifically for Hitler's men to see. Two SS agents climbed the stairs and told the boyish-looking Bonhoeffer to come with them. He calmly said good-bye to his parents, put his Bible under his arm, and left. Upstairs there was proof, in his own handwriting, that this quiet young minister was part of a conspiracy to kill Adolf Hitler.
This compelling, brilliantly researched account includes the remarkable discovery that Bonhoeffer was one of the first people to provide evidence to the Allies that Jews were being deported to death camps. It takes listeners from his privileged early childhood to the studies and travel that would introduce him to peace activists around the world - eventually putting this gentle, scholarly pacifist on a deadly course to assassinate one of the most ruthless dictators in history. The Plot to Kill Hitler provides fascinating insights into what makes someone stand up for what's right when no one else is standing with them. It is a question that every generation must answer again and again.
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|Listening Length||2 hours and 40 minutes|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||13 September 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 154,213 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
13 in Activist Biographies for Children
15 in Military & War History for Children
34 in Historical Biographies for Children (Audible Books & Originals)
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Bonhoeffer, a minister, was an unusually openhearted and spiritual person, which may have accounted for his part in the plot. Because of his insight into human nature, he was able to see the danger Hitler presented early on in the Nazi takeover, although it is disheartening to read about the people and nations around him who didn't act quickly enough. Bonhoeffer had a strong ecumenical approach to religion, unlike many of his peers, so was able to empathize with those who were most affected, the Jewish population.
Most of us know the story of Hitler and his atrocities guided by his doctrine of hate, "Mein Kampf" (My Struggle), but this account gives new insight into what was going on in the general population. Hopefully, it will alert new readers (the book is classified as Young Adult) a heads up on what to look for, or not, in leadership qualities. Bonhoeffer's mantra was that not to act in the face of wrongdoing is wrongdoing itself, and his compassionate acts led to his execution days before Hitler's suicide and the fall of the Third Reich.
If you're looking strictly for a book only about Bonhoeffer, and that goes into more detail about his life, this isn't the one. Nonetheless, this book is worth every penny, and worth reading to further your knowledge about German resistance during WWII.
A few authors write a very detailed biography on Dietrich Bonhoeffer and I have a couple, but I appreciate this book and the style it was written in. A lot of information done in a very conversational manner. I didn't want to put it down. A nice gift idea!