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Dietrich (Bonhoeffer) had heard in Switzerland that Karl Barth thought it was “somewhat uncanny” that Bonhoeffer had a passport and could repeatedly travel abroad at a time when only members of the National Socialist government and its representatives were allowed to travel.

So he wrote to Barth on May 17, 1942:

Dear Professor!

Please excuse me if what I now write is nonsense and

not worth saying.  But I have to ask you because the

matter concerns me very much: what I heard last week

in Zurich for the first time that “you mistrusted my stay

here because of my mission,” I just laughed. …Now

I’ve heard the same thinh a second time here in Geneva,

and after having thought about it for a couple of days,

I just want to tell you that…at a time when so much

must be based simply on personal trust, everything is

finished when mistrust emerges.

Karl Barth

The answer was very positive, so Dietrich then actually did visit Barth.

(Renate Bethge, Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Brief Life, 57-58)

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