Martin Niemöller

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Martin Niemöller
Friedrich Gustav Emil Martin Niemöller
BirthplaceLippstadt, German Empire

Niemöller, Martin


Born Jan. 14, 1892, in Lippstadt. Public figure of the German Federal Republic, antifascist, participant in the Partisans of Peace movement, pastor of the Evangelical Church.

During World War I, Niemöller was a submarine officer. In 1919 he took up the study of theology in Münster. In 1924 he became a clergyman. In 1937, Niemöller was arrested for his opposition to Nazism. He was held in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp until 1941, when he was transferred to Dachau. He was later moved to the southern Tirol and remained there until he was liberated in 1945. From 1947 to 1964 he was the head of the Evangelical Church in Hessen and Nassau. From 1961 to 1968 he was one of the presidents of the World Council of Churches. He has visited the USSR a number of times. Since 1957 he has been president of the German Peace Society (War Resisters’ International). Since 1969, Niemöller has been a member of the Presidium of the World Peace Council. He was awarded the Joliot-Curie Gold Medal of Peace in 1965. In 1966 he received the Lenin Prize for Strengthening Peace Between Nations.

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While there is no evidence that the two men ever met, Pastor Martin Niemoller (January 14, 1892-Match 5, 1984) and Father Karl Rahner, S.
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I was once interpreting a fascinating speech by Martin Niemoller who was not only a leading churchman in the Confessing Church which resisted Hitler but was talking about having been a submarine commander during World War I.
Uniquely, Dachau had a priest's block, where over 2,500 Catholic priests were housed, as well as Lutheran clerics like Pastor Martin Niemoller.
Throughout the Nazi period, the Anglican Church reassured itself, was indeed fixated upon the sufferings of German Christians and particularly the "martyrdom" of Martin Niemoller, leader of the German Confessing Church.
Bell consistently rallied support for Martin Niemoller and Germany's Confessing Church, who, Lawson insists, Anglican leaders saw as the main victims of Nazism.
Pupils, not teachers or parents, can change the school culture - they have the power, we just need them to recognise it and use it wisely I ended this week's assembly with the famous quote from Pastor Martin Niemoller who lived through the second world war: "First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out.
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I am reminded of the closing words of a poem by Reverend Martin Niemoller of the consequences of not taking a stand: "Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak out for me.