Mormon who defied Hitler dies in Utah

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May 12, 2010 by The Mormon Worker

By Brandon Loomis, Salt Lake Tribune, May 10, 2010

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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One thought on “Mormon who defied Hitler dies in Utah

  1. Robert Poort says:

    As individual members of our faith communities we sometimes boast that the truth is exclusively ours, but that confidence doesn’t always carry over into the world around us, beyond the comfort and safety of our testimony meetings, and sometimes it takes a courageous 16 year old to drive this point home to us.

    The Dutch site MVG – Mormonen voor Vrede en Gerechtigheid (Mormons for Peace and Justice) has a great (compiled)article in English about Helmuth Huebener that you don’t want to miss:

    http://mvgcontact.org/MVG%20in%20English%20Helmuth%20Hubener.htm

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