The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler

By: John Hendrix

A gripping account of a pastor who made the ultimate sacrifice in order to free the German people from oppression during World War II. Epilogue. Author’s note. Note on research process and historical accuracy. Selected bibliography. Notes. Index. Full-color illustrations created with hand-drawn pencil and digital brushes, then colored digitally.

ISBN: 9781419728389

JLG Release: Oct 2018


Sensitive Areas: Discrimination, Harsh realities of war, Racism, Violence
Topics: Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–1945) , World War II (1939–1945) , Theologians , Resistance to government , Twentieth-century history of Germany , Pacifists , Anti-Nazi movements , Nazi persecution , Attempted assassinations , Adolf Hitler (1889–1945) , Church and state

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School Library Journal

Combining drawings and text, Hendrix presents a contemplative look at German martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Readers learn of Bonhoeffer’s lifelong interest in theology and his search for God. As Hitler and Nazism came to power, he asked whether it is moral to assassinate a tyrant. Ultimately, his decision to plot with other conspirators to kill Hitl Combining drawings and text, Hendrix presents a contemplative look at German martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Readers learn of Bonhoeffer’s lifelong interest in theology and his search for God. As Hitler and Nazism came to power, he asked whether it is moral to assassinate a tyrant. Ultimately, his decision to plot with other conspirators to kill Hitler cost him his life. The author provides a fascinating examination of the man and his commitment to his Christian faith. The narrative deftly moves between Bonhoeffer’s struggles and Hitler’s ascent. Hendrix’s dynamic images complement the text, using green and red to indicate good and evil. The dense text may turn off some readers, but the illustrations are bound to entice many others. Those seeking a more traditional biography should also look to Patricia McCormick’s The Plot To Kill Hitler: Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Spy, Unlikely Hero. ­VERDICT The bold visuals will attract graphic novel fans. An excellent introduction to a great man and his fight for justice.–Margaret Nunes, ­Gwinnett County Public Library, GA, School Library Journal

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–1945), a German theologian and pastor, became part of a failed plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Bonhoeffer was arrested, held prisoner, and finally executed at Flossenbürg—just two weeks before that concentration camp was liberated. Hendrix (Shooting at the Stars, rev. 11/14) deftly contrasts the biographical details Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–1945), a German theologian and pastor, became part of a failed plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Bonhoeffer was arrested, held prisoner, and finally executed at Flossenbürg—just two weeks before that concentration camp was liberated. Hendrix (Shooting at the Stars, rev. 11/14) deftly contrasts the biographical details of Bonhoeffer and Hitler against the larger backdrop of World War II, with particular attention paid to how the former’s religious faith led him inexorably into the resistance movement. The book effectively employs a hand-lettered typeface, comic-panel layouts, spot art, vivid two-color illustrations (bright green and more subdued red), the occasional map, symbol, or diagram, and striking editorial illustrations reminiscent of political cartoons. In one, Bonhoeffer is depicted as David while the Nazi war machine is Goliath. A slavering wolf ’s mouth dominates another spread, tanks rolling over the wolf ’s lower jaw in the direction of a small map identifying Holland as the latest Nazi conquest. The result is that this heavily textual book is also a highly visual one; seemingly disparate design elements blend together seamlessly. An author’s note, information about the author’s research, a bibliography, meticulous source notes, and an index are appended. (See Patricia McCormick’s The Plot to Kill Hitler, rev. 11/16, for another take on this story of faith, loyalty, and sacrifice.) jonathan hunt

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ISBN

9781419728389

First Release

October 2018

Genre

Nonfic

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Trim Size

6 3/8" x 9"

Page Count

176

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Level 0; Points: 0;

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Hardcover edition

Publisher

Abrams

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Discrimination, Harsh realities of war, Racism, Violence

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–1945), World War II (1939–1945), Theologians, Resistance to government, Twentieth-century history of Germany, Pacifists, Anti-Nazi movements, Nazi persecution, Attempted assassinations, Adolf Hitler (1889–1945), Church and state,

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