As Bonhoeffer's body hanged on a tree, American troops nearby already threatened the fatal blow to the Third Reich. As bodies burned in the camp oven, Bonhoeffer's killers saw the coming end of their unchecked brutality.
They had one last monstrous act to supervise: They ordered Flossenburg prisoners to march south to Dachau. Sick, emaciated and barely able to move, many people dropped dead on the journey.
Within weeks the war in Europe was over.
American soldiers from the 97th Division of the U.S. 3rd Army (who discovered the Flossenburg camp and took pictures documenting what they had found, such as the wall where prisoners were shot) made the Germans who lived near Flossenburg see firsthand what their government had done.
General Patton issued orders requiring Germans to exhume and bury bodies of victims who had died during the Flossenburg death march. Since the troops also found bodies at the camp itself, remaining prisoners gathered wood for the crematory furnace to be used for the last time.
Records, which the liberators found at the camp, revealed the following facts:
Among those reported to have been in the camp were Kurt Von Schuschnig (former Chancellor of Austria), Leopold (King of the Belgians), Prince Albrecht of Austria and Hjalmar Schacht (Reich Minister of Finances).
Bonhoeffer's family (this link takes you to their home in Berlin) did not know he was dead. Not until they heard radio reports about a memorial service in London did they learn what had happened to him three months earlier.