A Public Presentation by Victoria J. Barnett at First-Plymouth Church, Lincoln, NE

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Victoria J. Barnett

Between 1935 and 1937 Bonhoeffer prepared five groups of seminarians for their ministry. It was an experiment in a very different kind of spiritual formation, necessitated by the pressures he knew they would face as pastors under National Socialism. During these years he wrote his books on Discipleship and Life Together. Victoria Barnett will explore this experiment and Bonhoeffer’s own theological journey during this period of deep crisis for his church and his country– an experience that strengthened his own resolve and clarity for the years that followed. 

Victoria J. Barnett served as director of the Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust at the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum from 2004-2019. She was also one of the general editors of the multi-volume Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works English Edition. She is the author of For the Soul of the People: Protestant Protest against Hitler (1992); Bystanders: Conscience and Complicity during the Holocaust (1999); and “After Ten Years”: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Our Times (2017).




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