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There was great rivalry between the Abwehr and the Gestapo, since they occupied separate spheres…(Hans von) Dohnanyi reasoned  that if the Abwehr officially employed Bonhoeffer, the Gestapo would be forced to leave him alone. It made sense for many reasons. Bonhoeffer would have the great freedom of movement to continue his work as pastor, and he would have the cover needed to expand his activities for the conspiracy. Another benefit was that as an invaluable member of Germany’s Military Intelligence, Bonhoeffer was unlikely to be called into military service. He would ostensibly be performing an important duty for the fatherland. This was a huge boon since he had never resolved what he would do if he was drafted.

(Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas, 369).

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