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No Ordinary Men: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi, Resisters Against Hitler in Church and State (Anglais) Relié – Version coupée, Livre audio, Coffret

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“Sifton and Stern’s chronicle is brief but deeply informed. And while Hans’s name appears in most academic studies of the resistance, this new book is clearly written with a larger audience in mind. The prose conveys a sense of historical perspective but also, just below the surface, a compassion possibly born of the authors’ own long-distance links to these men and their era.” —The Boston Globe 

“A story that needs to be heard.” —Library Journal

"A convincing argument that theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his often overlooked brother-in-law Hans von Dohnanyi 'deserve to be remembered together' for their courageous resistance to Hitler's Nazi regime….A concise yet powerful contribution to an even larger history." Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Stern’s prior works:

“Fritz Stern’s pointed reflections [in Five Germanys I Have Known] upon the fragility of democratic liberties and the unpredictable ease with which they can wither and die should be required reading for every informed citizen.” —Tony Judt
“[The Politics of Cultural Despair] is a superb cultural history, erudite, thoughtful, imaginative, beautifully written.” —Klemens von Klemperer, professor emeritus of European history at Smith College
“No one has written better on the country’s rise and fall than Fritz Stern.” —Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times
Praise for Sifton’s The Serenity Prayer:
“A landmark work on the liberal ideals of the progressive American tradition, reaffirming their relevance for today.... A major contribution to the intellectual history of modernity.” —Arthur Schlesinger Jr.

“[An] ebullient and shrewd meditation on faith and social action. . . . A peaceable state of mind simply accompanies the reader as he ends this effortlessly elegant, uniformly sensible paean to the human faith that Sifton inherited.” —Carlin Romano, Philadelphia Inquirer

Présentation de l'éditeur

During the twelve years of Hitler’s Third Reich, very few Germans took the risk of actively opposing his tyranny and terror, and fewer still did so to protect the sanctity of law and faith. In No Ordinary Men, Elisabeth Sifton and Fritz Stern focus on two remarkable, courageous men who did—the pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his close friend and brother-in-law Hans von Dohnanyi—and offer new insights into the fearsome difficulties that resistance entailed. (Not forgotten is Christine Bonhoeffer Dohnanyi, Hans’s wife and Dietrich’s sister, who was indispensable to them both.)

From the start Bonhoeffer opposed the Nazi efforts to bend Germany’s Protestant churches to Hitler’s will, while Dohnanyi, a lawyer in the Justice Ministry and then in the Wehrmacht’s counterintelligence section, helped victims, kept records of Nazi crimes to be used as evidence once the regime fell, and was an important figure in the various conspiracies to assassinate Hitler. The strength of their shared commitment to these undertakings—and to the people they were helping—endured even after their arrest in April 1943 and until, after great suffering, they were executed on Hitler’s express orders in April 1945, just weeks before the Third Reich collapsed.

Bonhoeffer’s posthumously published Letters and Papers from Prison and other writings found a wide international audience, but Dohnanyi’s work is scarcely known, though it was crucial to the resistance and he was the one who drew Bonhoeffer into the anti-Hitler plots. Sifton and Stern offer dramatic new details and interpretations in their account of the extraordinary efforts in which the two jointly engaged. No Ordinary Men honors both Bonhoeffer’s human decency and his theological legacy, as well as Dohnanyi’s preservation of the highest standard of civic virtue in an utterly corrupted state.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A story of two exemplary men, who lived out their faith principles 28 octobre 2013
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Very well-researched. Some information was new to me, though I've read a great deal about Dietrich Bonhoeffer and family, and the tribulations they suffered during WW II. For example: Dohnanyi's wife contaminated food she brought him with diphtheria bacilli (at his request), so that he could be moved out of the prison to a hospital cell. It is humbling to read about a person of whom relatively little is known, and to see how he used his official position to help others in the face of grave danger to himself. Exemplary people, and a book that all of us would benefit from reading.

Unlike the present-day betrayer of U.S. secrets, [who has done all he can to escape the consequences of his actions, and whom I consider a traitor], Dohnanyi accepted the retribution he knew would come to him, even though the punitive actions of the criminal Nazi machine were far worse than anything that would be handed down today.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A brief but immensely rewarding book 27 septembre 2013
Par James Connelly - Publié sur
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"No Ordinary Men" is brief; but its 150 pages vividly depict the related careers of two brothers-in-law, the well-known Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the lesser known Hans von Dohnanyi, in their courageous struggle against Nazi totalitarianism. It is hard to imagine how they kept to their righteous path through the temptations and terror and moral degeneracy that surrounded them as Germany foundered in the 1930s and 1940s. Yet they seemed to have seen themselves not as remarkable, but as men of ordinary decency.

As the authors remark at the end of their study, "Though the world knows of Bonhoeffer in detail and hardly at all of Dohnanyi, they deserve to be remembered together. The Third Reich had no greater, more courageous, and more admirable enemies than they. Dohnanyi aptly summed up their work and spirit when he said they simply took 'the path that a decent person inevitably takes.' So few traveled that path -- anywhere."

Quite a remarkable book. Very highly recommended.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 In fact, rather extraordinary men. 27 février 2014
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I have long wondered how the Nazis managed to squelch any criticism of their management of the national policies. Granted, here in the USA we speak, nay, shout our disapproval of politics and policies we don't agree with. But, could the Germans be so docile, so ignorant, so tame, they just said, "so what?" to everything that was changing in their daily lives? And yet, that is what occurred. They seemed to knuckle under rather easily. I have been exploring this question through quite a few books recently after reading Ambassador Dodd's diary. He was our last Ambassador to Germany before WWII and it is quite a frank book. So, it was a real pleasure to come to know the Bonhoeffer family and to see that they were not the type of family to simply acquiese in behavior and policies they believed were inherently amoral. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a theologian, could not in good conscience remain quiet. That he lived as long as he did proves his international influence and the uneasiness within the Nazi regime. Perhaps they had a fear of just removing him. Hans von Dohnanyi, Dietrich's brother-in-law, decided to work from within, collecting and cataloging the atrocities he was seeing from the inside. Both worked quietly and behind the scenes to overthrow Hitler. Bonhoeffer's name is still remembered but unfortunately for history, Dohnanyi has never received the credit he deserves. Good research and good footnotes are an additional plum in this very good pie!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Important book 18 janvier 2014
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This is a brief but important joint biography of the anti-Nazi resisters, the brothers-in-law Rev. Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnyani. Bonhoeffer's story is well known, but Hans's much less so. This book details the moral imperative that caused these two men, supported by their family, to resist the moral depravity of Nazism before and during WW2.

At the end the book tanatlizingly mentions how the Bonhoeffer family (and other surviving resisters) were cold-shouldered by post-War German society, and how many of the perpetrators of Nazi atrocities and their fellow travellers fared much better in post-War Germany than the resisters. This topic, while necessarily outside the scope of this biography, whose two protagonists were murdered just before the end of the War, merits amplification and further examination.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi - hero's of the faith and humanity 13 janvier 2017
Par Mike Herum - Publié sur
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This is a short but detailed account of both Bonhoeffer and Dohnanyi's resistance to Hitler's regime. It explores the internal struggles both men wrestled with emotionally, spiritually and eventually physically. It also seeks to show the inner workings of the resistance strategies and complexities as well as the relational ties these men had. 

Spiritual Insights:
In life we need to struggle through our rationalization decision making process using psychological tricks such as compartmentalization to assist us. We often divide life's circumstances in order to form a response by choosing spiritual verses physical, or emotional verses logical or theological verses secular. This helps us either to avoid acting in a situation or to move ahead to accomplish a task God may be asking us to do. Bonhoeffer and Dohnanyi both struggled from the beginning and the slow rise of national socialism into the wartime chaos of life and the neat, tidy compartmentalization rational life that existed prior to Hitler's ultimate rise as dictator. We also need to struggle with our ever growing, ever encroaching governmental overreach and power grabs in various areas life once thought verboten. It is not an option to decide, for example, to just be spiritual and not look to another's physical needs, or if your current government's ideology is clearly anti-biblical to simply not teach the biblical truths surrounding those subjects in your church. We must resist evil, rescue the dying, protect the vulnerable and bind up the wounded. Faith must be accompanied by works/action or it is dead. 

Bonhoeffer said, "What keeps gnawing at me is the question, what is Christianity, or who is Christ actually for us today?" "What mattered most was the inner life of faith, which for him was not at all the life of someone trying to be pious or merely treasuring piety's outward forms; it was about 'living unreservedly in life's duties, problems, successes and failures, experiences and perplexities." 

He also "used the word 'religion' almost pejoratively referring to the outer forms of established faith practices; he thought that most of Christianity's encrusted habits and structures that had been revered for centuries might, even should, be jettisoned.'"

Dohnanyi struggled internally as Chief Assistant to the Reich's Minister of Justice (Guertner) that he too, "had become against his will a part of the National Socialist system." "Hitler had kept Guertner on so as to reassure people that the 'law' remained in non-Nazi hands. Dohnanyi "remarkably, with cool-headed efficiency and rising outrage...began to keep a chronological record, along with supporting evidence and an index, of the regime's illegal acts. "Dohnanyi, who at the very end of his life was haunted by having involved Dietrich in the anti-Hitler plots." As Bonhoeffer's brother-in-law, marrying Dietrich's older sister Christel and part of the family it was a greater emotional burden on Dohnanyi having recruited Dietrich into the actual plots to assassinate Hitler. 

AwakeandReady(dot)org Book Rating:
I give this book a 4 star rating. I loved the book's ability to cover so much territory in so few pages but yet because of this fact, the book seemed disjointed at times giving names and times without enough connections to those people and places etc. All and all, this was a very good read and I recommend it to anyone wanting to get started in understanding Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi - hero's of the faith and humanity. 
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