My first visit to Berlin Prison – on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s footsteps

Thanks to a former class mate who is one of the priests in Tegel Prison, where a church is at the heart of the complex that was started in 1896.

I had a great time talking to inmates, comparing notes: regarding prisons, courts, lawyers and, especially everything surrounding child snatching.

The most important difference is clearly that prisoners on remand live in completely separate houses, if not prisons, from convicted inmates. After all: they are assumed NOT to be guilty until proven otherwise. I do wish Maurice and the Musas were treated in that way, especially as they are all Christians!

I was especially moved when I realised that I walked on the footsteps of Dietrich Bonhoeffer whose quote below comes from this link:

“The ultimate question for a responsible man to ask is not how he is to extricate himself heroically from the affair, but how the coming generation shall continue to live.”
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer, After Ten Years (December 1942)

Another priest was embarrassed for his church having failed during Gestapo times. He is now active with Amnesty International and mentioned conferences with Anglican colleagues. Does history repeat itself internationally?

Is the spiritual battle between good and evil fought over the lives of our children and grandchildren?

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4 Responses to My first visit to Berlin Prison – on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s footsteps

  1. JM says:

    prison still aprison, i believe what i was taught to believe- innocent until proven guilty!
    but that sounds damnsite better than here!

  2. Robert Dooran says:

    ‘The most important difference is clearly that prisoners on remand live in completely separate houses, if not prisons, from convicted inmates. After all: they are assumed NOT to be guilty until proven otherwise.’

    This sounds like a good idea.

    Is anybody able to recommend any of Mr. Bonhoeffer’s books?

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