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Holocaust Museum Official to Speak on Clergy and Genocide

On Wednesday, February 23, 2011, at 7:30 p.m., Victoria Barnett, Staff Director of Church Relations at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, will be speaking at Drew University in Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall on “Dietrich Bonhoeffer for the Future: The New ‘World Come of Age.’”

In 1930, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Lutheran minister and brilliant theologian who was teaching at Union Theological Seminary in New York for a year, returned to Germany as Hitler was rising to power. He joined the German resistance and struggled against Nazism and its intimidation of the Church. Bonhoeffer’s legacy is revealed in his writings which chronicle his struggles to determine the will of God as he faced his own death in prison.

Is Bonhoeffer’s theology still relevant for the challenges in our world today? Victoria Barnett will speak to this question, drawing on new research and insights that have emerged from the new translation of his works.

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Barnett is one of the general editors of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, the English translation series of Bonhoeffer’s complete works being published by Fortress Press. She is a graduate of Indiana University and Union Theological Seminary, New York.  She is the author of For the Soul of the People: Protestant Protest against Hitler and Bystanders: Conscience and Complicity during the Holocaust. She is also the editor/translator of Wolfgang Gerlach’s And the Witnesses were Silent: the Confessing Church and the Jews and the new revised edition of Eberhard Bethge’s Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Biography.

The lecture is open to the public. All are invited to attend. For more information, contact Nancy VanderVeen, Coordinator of Continuing Education, Drew Theological School at 

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