The Doubled Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Women, Sexuality, and Nazi Germany

The Doubled Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Women, Sexuality, and Nazi Germany

by Diane Reynolds

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The Doubled Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Women, Sexuality, and Nazi Germany by Diane Reynolds

Few twentieth-century theologians have had a bigger impact than Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a man who lived his faith and died at the hands of the Nazis. For Bonhoeffer, the theological was the personal: life and faith were deeply intertwined – and to this day the world is inspired by that witness. Yet the true story of the women in this remarkable man’s life has until now been obscured by a conventional narrative that has distorted their role. Using primary sources written by the women in his life, and even including the first ever photo of alleged “first fiancée” Elisabeth Zinn, this book “sees” these women fully for the first time. A highly readable but scholarly work of narrative nonfiction, The Doubled Life places Bonhoeffer’s theology of love and sexuality within the context of his struggles with women, friendship, and the evils of Nazi Germany.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780227176320
Publisher: Clarke, James Company, Limited
Publication date: 06/30/2017
Pages: 466
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Diane Reynolds is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and Publishers Weekly among other publications. She teaches literature and writing at the university level and also holds an MDiv from Earlham School of Religion.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations |
Acknowledgments |
List of Abbreviations |
Introduction
Prelude |
part i—Pleasure and Pain (tob and ra)
1 “Sacred Space” |
2 Ruptures |
3 Life Amid the Ruins |
4 Happy Times |
5 Weddings |
part ii—Seeking Ground
6 Wanderings and Worries |
7 Manhattan |
8 Nazis |
9 London |
10 Battles and Choices |
part iii—The Incomparable Year
11 New Ground |
12 New Arrival |
13 Finkenwalde |
14 Murmurs of War |
15 First Encounter |
16 Ruth |
17 Collision Courses |
viii contents
part iv—Reconfigurations
18 New World |
19 Days of Love and Hope |
20 Squaring Off against the Führer |
21 F riendship |
22 “Convents” and Concentration Camps |
23 What Will It Be? |
part v—Decisions
24 Troubles |
25 Escape |
26 Changes |
27 War Worries: 1939 |
28 L ondon Redux |
29 Sailing Away |
30 Agony |
31 Do You Want Me? |
part vi—War and Conspiracies
32 Homecoming |
33 Cold Idyll, Dark Nights |
34 Winter, War, Wonder, Woe |
35 Gert Gone |
36 Darker Hours |
37 Exile in Ettal |
38 The Foretaste of Paradise |
39 Human Hearts in 1941 |
40 Conspiracies |
41 City Life, Country Life |
42 Horrors and Joys |
43 Shadows |
part vii—Cornered: 1942-43
44 Risks |
45 Ruth and Maria |
46 Sweden, Krössin, Berlin |
47 Maria |
contents ix
48 Pursuit |
49 The Noose Tightens |
50 Trapped |
51 White Nurse |
part viii—Alone
52 Locked In |
53 Care and Feeding |
54 The Wedding Sermon |
55 Don’t You Like Being Romantic? |
56 Writing and Dissatisfaction |
57 Doubts and Delights |
part ix—Eberhard and Maria
58 Joy |
59 Christmas |
60 Berlin Falling |
61 Birth and Ruin |
62 Seesaw |
63 Maria, Eberhard |
64 Unraveled |
part x—Saints
65 Catastrophe |
66 Endings |
67 Revenge |
68 Arrest |
69 Escape |
70 Threads |
71 O ver |
72 More Threads |
Epilogue |
Appendix I: Maria von Wedemeyer Timeline: 1935–45 |
Appendix II: Orientation and Celibacy Questions |
Bibliography |
Index |

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