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MS Ger 161

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich, 1906-1945. Dietrich Bonhoeffer papers: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Ger 161
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Bonhoeffer, Dietrich, 1906-1945.
Title: Dietrich Bonhoeffer papers,
Date(s): 1942-1944.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in German.
Abstract: Letters and compositions of German Lutheran clergyman and theologian Dietrich Bonnhoeffer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*65M-164. Gift of Maria von Wedemeyer (later Maria Weller), 10 Nashoba Road Sudbury, Massachusetts; received: 1966 April 8.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Conditions Governing Access:

Papers were formerly restricted. Opened in 2002.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Papers (MS Ger 161). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran clergyman and theologian.


Most, but not all, of this material has been published in the following sources [per note of Clifford Green, Director of Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, English Edition Project, Oct. 2003]: German version: Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Brautbriefe Zelle 92: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Maria von Wedemeyer 1943-1945, ed. Ruth-Alice von Bismarck and Ulrich Kabitz. München: C.H. Beck, 1992. English version: Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Love letters from cell 92: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Maria von Wedemeyer 1943-1945. London: HarperCollins, 1994. German version: Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Widerstand und Ergebung: Briefe und Aufzeichnungen aus der Haft, ed. Eberhard Bethge. München: C. Kaiser, 1951. English version: Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Letters and papers from prison; edited by Eberhard Bethge. London, SCM Press, 1953. For additional information on English translations see: Clifford Green and Hans Pfeifer. "The Bonhoeffer Papers at Houghton Library, Harvard University." Newsletter of the International Bonhoeffer Society, English Language Section, No. 82, Summer 2003. [Also in Houghton internal file]. For additional German text information, see: Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Dietrich Bonhoeffer Werke, ed. Eberhard Bethge [et al]. München: Chr. Kaiser, 1986-1999, 17 v.

Scope and Contents

Consists of 45 letters and manuscripts of writings (in German) of Bonhoeffer's. Includes 37 letters to Maria von Wedemeyer (later Maria Weller) and 1 letter to Max von Wedemeyer, mostly written after Bonhoeffer's arrest by the Nazis; 6 letters, 1943, to Karl Bonhoeffer; and 1 letter to Hans von Dohányi, which was written the day Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Donányi were arrested. The 4 manuscripts, 1944, were written in prison.

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