What is a moral person to do in a time of savage immorality? That question tormented Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German clergyman of great distinction, who actively opposed Hitler and the Nazis. His convictions cost him his life. The Nazis hanged him on April 9, 1945, less than a month before the end of the war. This film dramatizes Bonhoeffer’s last years, his participation in the German resistance and his moral struggle.
“Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace” does a great job in chronicling the convictions of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a man who opposed Hitler’s regime, to the point of his death. Nicely acted, this film focusing on the years 1939 to 1945 and dramatizes Bonhoeffer’s engagement to Maria and his time spent in jail, as well as the work in which he labored to end Hitler’s reign. The opening sequence shows him receiving the first copy of his newly published book, “The Cost of Discipleship” — a cost would eventually require even his life.
This inspiring movie’s clear message shows that following one’s convictions can bring a lasting peace that even death cannot squelch. We are happy to award the film our Faith Friendly Seal for ages 12-plus. The grace Bonhoeffer represented took him through to the end of his life, and this grace and the right to be free is what the movie beautifully captures.