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Bonhoeffer documentary airing Sept. 25

September 15, 2003

The documentary film, “Bonhoeffer,” will be shown on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College, Sioux Center. The film portrays the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German protestant theologian who became a member of a group that opposed and ultimately sought to assassinate Adolph Hitler during World War II. As a result of these actions, Bonhoeffer was executed in the last days of the Nazi regime. Bonhoeffer

The film explores Bonhoeffer's worldview and ethics as they relate to his decision to oppose the Nazi regime. Bonhoeffer was a pacifist who came to the decision to oppose Hitler and participated in a plot to assassinate the Nazi leader. He was the author of several books, including “The Cost of Discipleship and Ethics,” which examined the role of the Christian Church and its responsibility to have an impact on the modern world through an understanding that God is part of everything in our lives.

The documentary film by Martin Doblmeier has been shown at movie houses in major cities across the country this summer to enthusiastic audiences and good reviews. Dordt College Student Services is sponsoring the showing, which is free of charge.

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