Dietrich Bonhoeffer was most likely the first victim of Nazi censorship.  On February 1, 1933, just a couple of days after Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor of the German Republic…

In a radio address titled “The Younger Generation’s Altered view of the Concept of the Fuhrer,” Bonhoeffer warned that if a leader surrenders to the wishes of his followers, “then the image of the Leader (Fuhrer) will gradually become the image of the misleader (Verfuhrer).” Although his microphone was mysteriously switched off before is unmistakable evidence of the clarity with which Bonhoeffer viewed the Nazi threat (Stephen R. Haynes and Lori Brandt Hale, Bonhoeffer for Armchair Theologians, 29).

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