Before he walked out of his concentration camp barracks for the last time, Dietrich Bonhoeffer whispered to a fellow prisoner: "This is the end. For me, the beginning of life."
Although he was right, Bonhoeffer was unaware that Nazi officials had discovered the diary of Admiral Canaris. Hitler himself ordered the annihilation of Canaris and his entire resistance group - a group which included Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
In spite of his firsthand experience with evil, Bonhoeffer went to the hanging tree with confidence, strengthened by the faith which kept him calm. In spite of the prospect of death, at the hands of evil men, he clung to the beliefs he articulated in his books. Beliefs like:
As he stripped naked on April 9, 1945, Bonhoeffer knew his life on earth was over. He also knew that two other high-profile resisters would die that day: Admiral Canaris and his chief of staff, Hans Oster.
What Bonhoeffer did not know was important personal information:
All had fallen within a Nazi net caused by Hitler's rage over his attempted assassination.