The Plot to Kill Hitler: Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Spy, Unlikely Hero

The Plot to Kill Hitler: Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Spy, Unlikely Hero

by Patricia McCormick


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Perfect for fans of suspenseful nonfiction such as books by Steve Sheinkin, this is a page-turning narrative about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor and pacifist who became an unlikely hero during World War II and took part in a plot to kill Hitler. Written by two-time National Book Award finalist Patricia McCormick, author of Sold and Never Fall Down and coauthor of the young reader’s edition of I Am Malala.

It was April 5, 1943, and the Gestapo would arrive any minute. Dietrich Bonhoeffer had been expecting this day for a long time. He had put his papers in order—and left a few notes specifically for Hitler’s men to see. Two SS agents climbed the stairs and told the boyish-looking Bonhoeffer to come with them. He calmly said good-bye to his parents, put his Bible under his arm, and left. Upstairs there was proof, in his own handwriting, that this quiet young minister was part of a conspiracy to kill Adolf Hitler.

This compelling, brilliantly researched account includes the remarkable discovery that Bonhoeffer was one of the first people to provide evidence to the Allies that Jews were being deported to death camps. It takes readers from his privileged early childhood to the studies and travel that would introduce him to peace activists around the world—eventually putting this gentle, scholarly pacifist on a deadly course to assassinate one of the most ruthless dictators in history. The Plot to Kill Hitler provides fascinating insights into what makes someone stand up for what’s right when no one else is standing with you. It is a question that every generation must answer again and again.

With black-and-white photographs, fascinating sidebars, and thoroughly researched details, this book should be essential reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062411099
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/20/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 86,221
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range: 8 Years

About the Author

Patricia McCormick is a former journalist and a two-time National Book Award finalist whose books include Cut, Sold, Never Fall Down, The Plot to Kill Hitler, Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero, and the young readers edition of I Am Malala. Patricia lives in New York. You can visit her online at

Table of Contents

Cast of Characters xiii

Prologue 1

Chapter 1 A Big, Rambunctious Family 3

Chapter 2 War Breaks Out 9

Chapter 3 Bonhoeffer Seals His Destiny 14

Chapter 4 Leaving Home for the First Time 19

Chapter 5 The Trip That Changed Everything 21

Chapter 6 The Men Who Would Change Bonhoeffer's Fate 23

Chapter 7 A New Idea of What a Church Could Be 26

Chapter 8 From Faith to Action 28

Chapter 9 Grappling with the Existence of God 32

Chapter 10 A Decisive Experience: Visiting the United States 36

Chapter 11 Heil, Hitler! 45

Chapter 12 Speaking Out against the Führer 52

Chapter 13 The Aryan Paragraph 55

Chapter 14 Committing Treason 60

Chapter 15 Bonfire of Hatred 63

Chapter 16 A Nazi Church 68

Chapter 17 A Different Kind of Resistance 72

Chapter 18 Night of the Long Knives 76

Chapter 19 A Breakaway Church 79

Chapter 20 A Conspiracy Begins 83

Chapter 21 The War Hits Home 87

Chapter 22 A Dark Night of the Soul 91

Chapter 23 From Clergyman to Courier 94

Chapter 24 Undercover 99

Chapter 25 Sounding the Alarm 104

Chapter 26 Love in Wartime 109

Chapter 27 The Noose Grows Tighter 114

Chapter 28 Assassination Attempts 118

Chapter 29 Caught 121

Chapter 30 Another Attempt on Hitler's Life 126

Chapter 31 Evidence of Treason 129

Chapter 32 The End of the War 133

Chapter 33 Eternity at Last 136

Epilogue 139

Author's Note 141

Acknowledgments 145

Timeline 149

Endnotes 155

Selected Bibliography 165

Index 167

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Accurate and relevent to the possibilities that could occur during this time period