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When one considers how political prisoners were treated in Adolf Hitler‘s Germany from 1933 onward, and what Hans von Dohnanyi was made to suffer, it is clear that Bonhoeffer‘s lot in Tegel was unusual. He had been arrested and taken there under  top-secret conditions, and until Roeder (The investigating judge in the War Court) lost interest in him there was plenty of harassment. But a telephone call from General Hase (the city commander of Berlin and the cousin of Bonhoeffer’s mother) had sufficed to make Bonhoeffer a privileged prisoner, with whom the prison commander, Captain Maetz, went for walks in the courtyard, and for whom visiting times with his parents and fiancée were stretched as far as possible. 

(Ferdinand SchlingensiepenDietrich Bonhoeffer 1906-1945: Martyr, Thinker, Man of Resistance, 342).

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