In England Bonhoeffer sought out Gandhi sympathizers and has his fitness for life in the topics tested.  A letter of introduction from George Bell informed Gandhi that his young German  friend would be in India during early 1935 to “study community life as methods of training.”

Gandhi responded by inviting Bonhoeffer and a friend to “share my daily life…if I am out of prison.”

But Dietrich remained torn between remaining in England, returning to the university, traveling to India, and starting a Protestant monastic community.

I the end he would be drawn to the latter option under the aegis of the Confessing Church (Stephen R. Haynes and Lori Brandt Hale, Bonhoeffer for Armchair Theologians, 41).