It is at this time of year that Americans honor those in our history who were courageous leaders in the fight for liberty and equality. Yet Feb. 4 is the centennial of the birth of a man who fought not just the earthly, but also the eternal fight. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born Feb. 4, 1906, to wealthy and educated parents in Germany. A brilliant theologian, Lutheran pastor, writer and ecumenical leader, he traveled, preached and warned about the threat to liberty and all faiths that was the Nazi regime.
He and his family were involved in the Resistance with particular attention to rescuing Jews, as well as in plots to overthrow Hitler. For these actions he paid the ultimate price, arrest, torture and, after two years, execution at Flossenburg concentration camp, literally days before the Allied liberation.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer is a rare example of determination, faith and courage, and also honorably answers the question, "What can one person do?" His life story has been made into a documentary and deserves to be learned by all freedom-loving people.