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Two reports about the deportation of Jews from Berlin were written by Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Friedrich Justus Perels. Here is the third part of their second report…

III. Conjectures Regarding Destination, Number, and Selection: To the extent that any destinations have been mentioned in rumors, they are without exceptions places in the East. The Berlin non-Aryans were probably transported to Lodz. According to not yet verified communications, the deportation ensued on Saturday (October 18 was the Jewish Sabbath) in three stages: 7 a.m., and around 2 p.m., and around 7 p.m..

Overall, between four and five thousand people were to be deport from Berlin alone. The first wave was said to have encompassed around fifteen hundred.

Those not removed were persons over seventy-five of age, the sick, and the very frail. In general, those who have been mobilized to work were also spared. Families in which work mobilization played a relatively minor role were transported as well.

Those affected appear to be persons who have come into conflict with legal or police regulations. But even the completely “blameless” were also taken. Breaking of traffic laws (e.g., crossing the street on a red light, etc.) was also taken into account.

(Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works: Volume 16: Conspiracy and Imprisonment: 1940-1945, 228-229).

I am watching a History Channel documentary right now…

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High Hitler.Adolf Hitler dreamt of creating a master race, but achieved a Holocaust–the murder of millions of Jews and those deemed physical or mental defects. But the F hrer, an appalling hypochondriac, abused laxatives and suffered from stomach cramps and embarrassing flatulence. And that was just the start! When he committed suicide in 1945, the great dictator was frail with tremors and a shuffling walk–a feeble condition concealed from the world. We explore the relationship between Hitler and his personal physician, Dr. Theodore Morell. How did amphetamine abuse, Parkinson’s Disease, and tertiary syphilis impact on his state of mind? 

The message of the Bible

“If it is I who determine where God is to be found, then I shall always find a God who corresponds to me in some way, who is obliging, who is connected with my own nature.  But if God determines where he is to be found, then it will be in a place which is not at all congenial to me.  This place is the Cross of Christ.  And whoever would find him must go to the foot of the Cross, as the Sermon on the Mount commands.  This is not according to our nature at all, it is entirely contrary to it. But this is the message of the Bible, not only in the New but also in the Old Testament . . . .”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, quoted in Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer (Nashville, 2010), page 137.

Two reports about the deportation of Jews from Berlin were written by Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Friedrich Justus Perels. It is mind blowing to read these reports. Here is the second part of their second report…

II. Implementation: Without prior notification, the Berlin police or Gestapo appeared during the night of October (1941) in the apartments of those who required to fill out the aforementioned lists, and they brought those affected to the police station; from there they were transported in groups to the synagogue on Levetzow Street. As far as can be determined, the authorities entered the apartments between 8 p.m. and 12 a.m. The residents only had a short time to pack; the time limit ranged from one to four hours.

They were allowed to bring along fifty kilograms of luggage (Apparently the “normal requirements.”)

(Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works: Volume 16: Conspiracy and Imprisonment: 1940-1945, 228).

Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Friedrich Justus Perels formulated two reports about the deportation of Jews from Berlin by the Nazis. The opening statement of the second report is simply disturbing…

I. Preparation: Short written notifications were sent to the Jewish community by the housing office to the effect that one’s apartment or room (in the case of lodgers) was scheduled to be vacated by “official decree.”


The recipients of this notification, some of whom received it by pneumatic post (mail sent through tubes that run on a track or chute), were required to go to person to the housing office (along with any lodgers) on the same or the following day; workers were required to take time off for this purpose. The questions asked mainly concerned family status, work conditions, and genealogy, above all that of the spouse. The notifications had to brought along and turned in so that no one retained anything in writing. The people were forbidden from seeking another apartment or room.

The meaning and purpose of this measure were kept secret. Either immediately before or after these finding by the Jewish community, most of those affected received questionnaires regarding their…


the contents of their apartments,


linens (towels, bedding, table linens).

All their property had to be decreed; for clothing and linens this referred to whatever exceeded the “normal amount.” As a guide an itemized list of these “normal requirements” was attached. (For a a woman, for example, two dresses, two undershirts,, three pairs of underpants, six handkerchiefs, etc.). This questionnaire had to be filled out and returned within one day, or two at the latest (Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works: Volume 16: Conspiracy and Imprisonment: 1940-1945, 227).

We will at look parts II, III, IV and V of this second report in future posts. I cannot imagine a society so evil that that it round that it systematically eliminates people of another race. I know I am naive, but it is still shocking.

Two reports about the deportation of Jews from Berlin were written by Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Friedrich Justus Perels. Here is some more from the first report. Imagine going through the event described below…

During the night of October 16 (1941), some of those affected were taken from their apartments, some even being taken from the night shift at Siemens.

The people had between fifteen and twenty minutes to pack. Their treatment varied, including what they were permitted to take along.

They were then gathered in the synagogue on Levetzow Street, which had already been emptied, and apparantly stayed until 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 18.

(Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works: Volume 16: Conspiracy and Imprisonment: 1940-1945, 225-226).

I continue to read through Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works: Volume 16: Conspiracy and Imprisonment: 1940-1945.Two reports about the deportation of Jews from Berlin were written by Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Friedrich Justus Perels

Over the course of the week of October 5-12 (1941), a number of Jewish families, who for the most part lived in Aryan houses, received a letter from the Jewish Community that their apartment “was scheduled to be vacated.” They were quickly informed that they were not allowed to look for a new apartment, and they were given gift lists on which they were required to indicate their entire stock of furniture and clothing–except for “bare necessities”–and, apparently, their back balances as well. An additional number of these letters was sent out again until October 18. Exact numbers are not known at this point. Persons of all ages are affected, even those who for months have been mobilized to work.

(Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works: Volume 16: Conspiracy and Imprisonment: 1940-1945, 225-226).

On September 19, 1941, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote a letter to the Leibholz Family. He responded in kindness to a cable he received from the family. In the letter, Bonhoeffer shared how his optimism for peace and dependence on God were growing…

May God grant that all these terrible sufferings will make men mature for a better future. I personally, do believe it, and I am optimistic enough to hope that peace is not so far off as it sometimes seems to be.

For my part, I hope to find sufficient time to finish a book on which I have been working on for about a year now (Ethics). But who may dare to make plans now for a long time? One must take the day as God gives it. It is a great thing to learn to rely entirely on God’s will and help (Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works: Volume 16: Conspiracy and Imprisonment: 1940-1945, 217).

The Daily Mall and others are reporting on Said (or Sayed) Musa. Earlier I had posted a link to his letter from prison describing sexual and physical abuse. Here’s the new report:

An Afghan physiotherapist will be executed within three days for converting to Christianity.

Said Musa, 45, has been held for eight months in a Kabul prison were he claims he has been tortured and sexually abused by inmates and guards.

Mr Musa, who lost his left leg in a landmine explosion in the 1990s, has worked for the Red Cross for 15 years and helps to treat fellow amputees.

He was arrested in May last year as he attempted to seek asylum at the German embassy following a crackdown on Christians within Afghanistan.

He claims he was visited by a judge who told him he would be hanged within days unless he converted back to Islam.

But he remains defiant and said he would be willing to die for his faith.

He told the Sunday Times: ‘My body is theirs to do what they want with.’

You can also read the Compass Direct News report, which begins:

An Afghani amputee in prison for his Christian faith since May will face a judge this Sunday (Nov. 21) without legal representation or knowledge of the charges against him, according to local sources.

Denny Burk suggests that if you have Twitter, you post one of the following:

Mr. President, speak wisely and boldly, in private if necessary, for Said Musa, imprisoned in Kabul. @BarackObama

Mr. President, please persuade the Afghan govt. not to execute our brother Said Musa. @BarackObama Prov. 24:10-12


Dr. Paul Lehmann wrote a letter to Dietrich Bonhoeffer on August 2, 1941. Below is the last paragraph. Lehmann’s vision for the world should be our vision for the twenty-first century!

…Sometimes the horizon on the future seems bright with hope, at other times, very day. But the direction is clear and the resources are clear. We must have a world of political and economic democracy, i.e., one in which the goods of life are enjoyed by all the people, in which the basic securities–employment, old age, health–are provided, in which all nations shall have access to the resources of the earth.

That world can only be nourished and motivated because its gospel of redemption and of responsibility is alone capable of inspiring and sustaining that world.

My daily prayer is for all those who suffer and pleasure for the coming of that world, and that that world may come in God’s good time and pleasure, and that I may be faithful in whatsoever suffering and agony may yet befall me and all the children of men. 2 Cor.3:2-11.

You are always in our prayers, in our thoughts, and in our hearts.

(Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works: Volume 16: Conspiracy and Imprisonment: 1940-1945, 200-201).

February 2011


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