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September 21, 2001


LA CROSSE, Wis.—In recent years, there’s been a surge of interest in the life and death of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, an outspoken Protestant clergyman and one of the few church leaders of his time to stand in public opposition to Hitler and his policies. What does this say about the need for Christians to find a hero amidst tragedy?

Stephen Haynes, Ph.D., a nationally recognized authority on Bonhoeffer and the Holocaust will discuss how Bonhoeffer is understood and interpreted in American popular culture in "Bonhoeffer: Post-Holocaust Perspective," a free lecture from the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership on Thursday, Oct. 4 in the Viterbo Fine Arts Center Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.

A Protestant theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was leader of the Confessing Church in Germany that publicly declared its opposition to Nazism in 1934. As the Nazi government clamped down on resistance, Bonhoeffer continued to work against the state in underground efforts. In 1943, he was arrested, imprisoned for two years, and eventually hanged for his involvement in a plot to assassinate Hitler.

Haynes the author of Bonhoeffer and the Jews: Post Holocaust Perspectives, is the Albert B. Curry Chair of Religious Studies at Rhodes College in Memphis. He was recently selected to serve on the Church Relations Committee of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.

For more information, contact Richard Kyte, director of the Ethics Institute, at 608-796-3704, email

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