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Dr. Tietze Was Not a Nazi

In response to:

The Tragedy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi from the October 25, 2012 issue

To the Editors:

I just read your review, “The Tragedy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi,” by Elisabeth Sifton and Fritz Stern [NYR, October 25]. Their facts about Albrecht Tietze are wrong—he was my father-in-law and he was never a Wehrmacht doctor—he worked in the police hospital on Scharnhorststrasse in Berlin. He never became a Nazi, nor did he ever don a military or police uniform. You can read all about his efforts to save others, including Dohnanyi, in my book A Call for Conscience: Albrecht Tietze’s Opposition to Hitler. He was recognized as a Righteous Gentile by Yad Vashem in December 1971. I’m hoping you will correct this.

Robert L. Reynolds
Bel Air, Maryland

Elisabeth Sifton and Fritz Stern reply:

We described Dr. Tietze as “a humane (and anti-Nazi)” doctor; we regret the error of assigning him to the Wehrmacht. In our forthcoming book this is corrected, and Mr. Reynolds’s book is acknowledged.

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