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This allowed Dietrich Bonhoeffer to get some work done…

From November 1940 through 1941, Bonhoeffer lived at the Benedictine monastery in Ettal in Bavaria.  The Ettal monastery became one of the three places (the others were the Kleist estates, Kieckow and Klein-Krossin, in Pomerania) that Bonhoeffer had for reflection and study.  At Christmas 1940 the monks read passages aloud from Bonhoeffer’s Discipleship. In the shadow of the beautiful snow-covered slopes, he worked on two of his manuscripts for the Ethics: “Ultimate and Penultimate Things” and “Natural Life.”

The people and the setting at Ettal provided a fitting context for a work on a Protestant rediscovery and new appropriation of the concept of the natural.

(Editor’s Introduction to the English Edition of to Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works in Volume 16: Conspiracy and Imprisonment: 1940-1945, 18)

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