Despite his iconic status, Bonhoeffer’s legacy for Holocaust and genocide studies is in fact a complex one. This presentation will offer some reasons why this is so, and explore how his legacy can best be understood by historians and theologians.
Victoria Barnett is Director of the Programs on Ethics, Religion and the Holocaust at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. She is also one of the general editors of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works, the English translation series of Bonhoeffer’s complete works being published by Fortress Press. She is a graduate of Indiana University, Union Theological Seminary (New York), and George Mason University. Her dissertation was a historical case study of the National Conference of Christians and Jews from 1933 – 1948. She is the author of For the Soul of the People: Protestant Protest against Hitler (Oxford University Press, 1992) and Bystanders: Conscience and Complicity during the Holocaust (Greenwood Press, 1999), and editor/translator of Wolfgang Gerlach’s And the Witnesses were Silent: the Confessing Church and the Jews (University of Nebraska Press, 2000) and the new revised edition of Eberhard Bethge’s Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Biography (Fortress Press, 2000). She has written numerous articles and book chapters on the churches during the Holocaust, and is the author of the website article on Dietrich Bonhoeffer published on the Museum’s website.