“Music & Conscience: Bach and Bonhoeffer,” a Luther college alumni tour to Germany and the Czech Republic, June 9-21, 2010.
The tour began in Berlin, birthplace of the German Lutheran pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the center of his teaching and work in the resistance against Hitler. The group then traveled to Leipzig, where Johann Sebastian Bach culminated his career and composed his most beloved works.
In Leipzig the group attended the internationally acclaimed Bach Festival, including two concerts on June 13 and 14 at Thomaskirche. Two days immersed in art in Dresden followed.
En route to the tour’s final destination, Prague—a city teeming with art and culture—the group visited Flossenbürg Concentration Camp, site of Bonhoeffer’s execution in 1945.
Interspersed throughout the tour were informal lectures and discussions with tour leaders Jim Martin-Schramm, professor of religion, and Gregory Peterson, assistant professor of music and college organist. They co-led the tour with their spouses, Karen Martin-Schramm, assistant to the president, and Ann Sponberg Peterson, director of development, principal gifts.
24 Luther alums and friends of the college participated in the tour.