Dietrich Bonhoeffer

A View from the Underside – The Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoffer

A One-Person Stage Play Adapted and Performed by Al Staggs.

In commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

When: 2:00 pm, Sunday, January 27, 2019

Where: Tri-City Jewish Center 2715 30th Street, Rock Island

Free and open to the public

Dietrich Bonhoffer was a German theologian who was among the first of his countryman to recognize the threat posed by Nazism to the basic human values of Western Civilization. A leader in the resistance movement, Bonhoffer attempted to overthrow the Nazi government and helped orchestrate two unsuccessful attempts on Hitler’s life. This play portrays Bonhoffer at the end of his life, as he struggles with the nature of the church and the cost of discipleship in Nazi Germany, in his cell at the Flossenberg concentration camp where he was eventually executed only several days before Flossenberg was liberated by American soldiers.

Al Staggs served as a Baptist minister for 24 years prior to becoming a full-time performance artist. He has degrees from Hardin-Simmons University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Harvard Divinity School, and a Doctor of Ministry from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Al presently serves as a hospital chaplain at Harris Methodist Hospital (HEB) in Bedford, Texas.

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This program is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, the Rauch Family Foundation II, and Augustana College.

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