The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Documentary Collection
Scope and Content
This collection consists of the visual materials used in the creation of Martin Doblmeier's 2003 documentary on Dietrich Bonhoeffer for PBS: the still images and the interviews with Bonhoeffer friends, relatives, contemporaries, scholars, and commentators. The still images are stored on CD and have also been printed out on paper. Interviews have been recorded both on beta and VHS, and transcripts have been included as well. Two copies of the final documentary, on DVD, have been placed in the first folder.
- 2001 - 2003
Language of Materials
English, German (with English subtitles)
There are no special restrictions to access of this collection. It may be examined by library patrons under the normal rules and conditions of Special Collections.
The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Documentary Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German pastor and theologian, is particularly well-known because of his activism against Nazi principles, as a leader of the Christian opposition, his role in plots to assassinate Adolf Hitler, and his hanging at a concentration camp just weeks before the end of the war.
He was born February 4, 1906 to a large upper middle-class family in Breslau. He studied college at Tübingen and earned his doctorate at the University of Berlin. He then spent a year in New York City studying at Union Theological Seminary. He often attended the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, and was particularly affected by African American spirituals.
After coming back to Germany in 1931, he was a founding member of the Confessing Church, and supported Karl Barth's Barmen Declaration of 1934. The declaration reaffirmed the Church's allegiance to Christ alone. He briefly served as pastor for two German churches in London before returning to head an underground seminary for Confessing Church members. German authorities, particularly the Gestapo, gradually reduced his freedoms to speak out before arresting him in 1943 for sponsoring the escape of Jews to Switzerland. After German authorities discovered his association with the group that unsuccessfully plotted to assassinate Hitler in 1934, he was moved to a concentration camp at Flossenburg and was hanged on April 9, 1945.
4.4 Linear Feet (11 Boxes)
Materials are arranged alphabetically by topic (documentary, images, and interviews) and then by medium.
This collection was transferred to Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries, in January 2006 by Martin Doblmeier and Philip Ziegler of Journey Films. Its accession number is 2006.2.
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