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Dietrich Bonhoeffer met Maria von Wedemeyer when she was only twelve years.  Years later when Maria was 19, they grew closer to one another.  In November of 1942, Dietrich spoke with Maria’s mother, Ruth von Wedemeyer, about his intention to marry Maria.  Maria’s mother, however, was of the opinion that her nineteen-year-old daughter was too young to get married and insisted on a year of separation so that Maria could take a break.

Naturally, neither of them was happy about this!

(Renate Bethge, Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Brief Life, 63)


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