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Hermann Stöhr

January 04, 1898 - June 21, 1940
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Hermann Stöhr studied political economics, public law, and social policy, and in the 1920s increasingly devoted himself to the idea of denominational, political, and social reconciliation. A committed pacifist, Stöhr worked for a time as the secretary at the Berlin headquarters of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation and as a research assistant at the Central Committee for the Inner Mission. In 1933 he spoke out against the boycott of Jewish businesses and declared his solidarity with the Jewish community in his home town of Stettin. As a Protestant, Stöhr took a public stand against National Socialist church policy, calling on his church to include victims of political and racial persecution in its intercessions. When he was called up for reserve training at the end of February 1939, he rejected armed military service. Stöhr was arrested on August 31, 1939, accused of desertion, and sentenced to a year's imprisonment by a navy court martial. During his time in Torgau Wehrmacht prison, he refused to swear the required oath to Hitler for reasons of conscience. Hermann Stöhr was sentenced to death as a conscientious objector by the Reich Court Martial on March 16, 1940, and murdered in Plötzensee prison on June 21, 1940.

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