Early in the Nazi regime, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a rising young Protestant minister and theologian, was asked by his twin sister to speak at the funeral of her Jewish husband.
Bonhoeffer consulted his church superiors and refused. Later, tormented by his decision, he asked himself, "How could I have been so afraid? I should have behaved differently."
It was perhaps the only time that Bonhoeffer's natural human fear trumped his moral courage in fighting the Nazi ideology, a stand for which he finally paid with his life.
The acts and religious beliefs of perhaps the most principled German Protestant voice during the Hitler era are woven together in the 90-minute documentary, "Bonhoeffer," opening Oct. 10 at two Laemmle theaters.