Theodor Heckel of the German Church Foreign Office, went to London, England in February of 1934 to “pacify foreign clergymen and curtail their contact with the press and ecumenical groups…”

“….Heckel attempted unsuccessfully to extract a declaration of loyalty from the pastors, whom, he charged, had begun to submit to foreign influence…”

“…He also called Bonhoeffer to Berlin, where he instructed him to refrain from all ecumenical activity and made ominous remarks concerning his personal safety.  But Bonhoeffer subtly resisted Heckel’s demands and remained vague regarding ecumenical commitments…”

“…Ironically, by summoning Bonhoeffer to Germany, Heckel allowed him to participate in the church opposition’s first ‘free synod,’ where the national ‘Confessing synod’ at Barmen was planned” (Stephen R. Haynes and Lori Brandt Hale, Bonhoeffer for Armchair Theologians, 36).