May 12, 2010 by The Mormon Worker
Karl Schnibbe was young and, he later would say, felt immortal in 1941, when he and two other Mormon lads denounced Adolf Hitler in leaflets they distributed by night around the working-class section of Hamburg.
False security is an affliction shared by youths everywhere, but these German boys faced the added terror of the guillotine or hard labor.
Busted by the Gestapo and sent to torturous prison camps — first by the Nazis and then by the Soviets — Schnibbe lived to age 86 before dying Sunday from complications of Parkinson’s disease in Salt Lake City, the community he adopted after World War II.
His friend and pamphlet ringleader, Helmuth Huebener, was beheaded in 1942 at age 17. His other collaborator, Rudolph Wobbe, also immigrated to — and died — in Utah.
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