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Throughout history there have been many problems in our world One that stands above the others is the killing of the Jews in the Holocaust The Holocaust was a time of horror death and Dietrich Bonhoeffer This man stood as a light in Germany as the country continued to darken in around him He was a man of God that refused to just drift in the streams of hate but rather to swim upstream fighting all along the way Dietrich was born in Breslau in 1906 He had a very large family and he was the sixith of eight children Dietrichs father was a famous doctor of psychiatry His father was also very well known neurologist His father and his vast knowledge sparked young Dietrich to learn about many complex issues Breslau was nominally a Lutheran settlement though not a profoundly religious environment and the young Bonhoeffer ruffled a lot of feathers when at the age of fourteen Dietrich announced that he wanted to be a theologian He studied at Thubingen and Berlin University and his dissertation has been said to be a theological miracle He wrote his dissertation Sanctorum Communio at the end of three years at the University of Berlin 1924-1927 and was awarded his doctorate with honors Act and Being his Habilitationsschrift or qualifying thesis allowing him to teach at the University of Berlin he was accepted in July 1930 The following year 1930-1931 Bonhoeffer spent a postgraduate year at Union Theological Seminary in New York Here he met a key player in his live named Reverend Frank Fisher His desire was still for Germany and finally came home He took a teaching position in theology at the University of Berlin in August 1931 Bonhoeffer also pastored a German congregation in Barcelona during 1929-1930 Following his ordination at St Matthias Church Berlin in November 1931 he was to help organize the Pastors Emergency League in September 1933 and the Reformed
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