New German Biography Casts Hitler in Different Light

A new biography of Hitler by a prominent German historian is likely to stir controversy with its argument that the Nazi leader’s political acumen has been underestimated and that the belief in his hypnotic grip over Germans is inflated.

CHR Comment: Longerich characterizes Hitler as a gifted political opportunist. The article notes that the rise of National Socialism created tensions in the churches. Some churches were drawn into supporting the Nazis, such as the Deutsche Christen Movement, while others resisted, such as the Confessing Church.

Source: New German Biography Casts Hitler in Different Light – NBC News

Germany Spied on the Vatican

German magazine says targets included the U.S. Interior Department and U.N. offices.

CHR Comment: The article briefly mentions that Germany spied on the Vatican by monitoring communications. The Vatican is an independent state, though it is only 109 acres and has a population of about a thousand people, as the second link below describes.

Source: ‘Der Spiegel’: Germany spied on U.S. embassies, Vatican

http://www.catholic.com/quickquestions/is-the-vatican-really-a-country

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: 70th Anniversary of the Execution

Bonhoeffer’s personal commitment to his beliefs, which brought on his martyrdom, have made him one of the most noteworthy theologians of recent years. However, he is claimed by a variety of theological groups such as liberals, neo-orthodox, Evangelicals, and traditional Lutherans.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: 70th Anniversary Of The Execution Of German Pastor Brings His Legacy To A New Generation.