During one of her lecture tours in the United States, Renate Bethge was asked when she had discovered her uncle Dietrich to be something special. She replied, “Never!” Bonhoeffer devotees may wish to dismiss this response as family chatter, but there is a coded message here for those outside the family. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a person. 

 (Craig J. SlaneBonhoeffer as Martyr: Social Responsibility and Modern Christian Commitment22).