Dietrich Bonhoeffer studied in the year 1930 at the Union Theological Seminary in New York. His time in New York became a formative experience that expanded his horizons. He made many life-changing friendships, traveled the country and Cuba, and worked with the African-American Abyssinian Church in Harlem, learning about gospel music.

He traveled to New York a second time in 1939 at the invitation of old friends.

In 1939 the second World War was imminent. Dietrich Bonhoeffer feared his conscription into the military. In order to avoid the growing danger, friends and family organized another trip for him to New York; yet, already after six weeks in New York, immediately before the beginning of the war, Dietrich Bonhoeffer returned to Germany.

Picture: Gütersloher Verlagshaus