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Well…

Bethgedid not come from the upper-middle class and in some ways could act as an intermediary between the director and the candidates.  He was different from Dietrich, but just as sovereign in his own way.  Later, in the prison cell in Tegel, Dietrich described the beginning and meaning of this friendship in disguised form in the fragment of a novel…

“I would rather say that at the time we first became human beings through each other…The decisive thing was not what we both lost, namely our claim to stand alone in the world as demigods, but what we gained, namely human life in community with another human being” (Renate Wind, Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Spoke in the Wheel, 111).

This relationship would deepen Bonhoeffer’s understanding of fellowship.

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