Walter Dirks

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Walter Dirks (8 January 1901 in Hörde – 30 May 1991 in Wittnau, Baden-Württemberg) was a German political commentator, theologian, and journalist.

He co-founded the Bensberger Kreis, and was co-editor of the Frankfurter Hefte.[1] He opposed National Socialism, and in Die Arbeit (August 1931) "described the Catholic reaction to Nazism as 'open warfare'".[2]

Dirks was a supporter of socialism and an opponent of nuclear weapons. With other writers such as Eugen Kogon in the Frankfurter Hefte, he articulated the opposition to rearmament.[3]




  1. ^ Gerd-Rainer Horn and Emmanuel Gerard, Left Catholicism, 1943–1955: Catholics and Society in Western Europe at the Point of Liberation, KADOC-studies 25, Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2001, ISBN 9789058670939, pp. 196–202.
  2. ^ John Cornwell, Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII, New York: Viking, 1999, ISBN 0-670-88693-9, p. 108.
  3. ^ Alice Holmes Cooper, Paradoxes of Peace: German Peace Movements Since 1945, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 1996, ISBN 9780472106240, pp. 67–69