always knew he wanted to serve his country. He was told over and
over again by teachers, family, and the Third Reich that he would
make a great asset to Germany. And he did, just not in the way he,
or anyone else, expected. In Hamburg, Germany, on the 27th of
October, 1942, Helmuth Hubener, at the age of 17, was executed by
the Third Reich for crimes against Germany. The road that led to
his death was unexpected, short, and full of bravery and sacrifice.
Helmuth Günther Guddat was born in 1925 in Hamburg, Germany, the same year Adolf Hitlerbegan rebuilding the Nazi party. By the time Helmuth celebrated his eighth birthday, Hitler became chancellor of Germany. Helmuth was raised by his single mother, with the help of his grandparents. show more content
In school he passed multiple tests that showed he understood the differences between inferior races and the superior Aryan race. To complete his mandatory education Helmuth had to write a thesis about the ideals of national socialism, a thesis that earned him praise from his teacher. His teacher, Mr. Meins, told Helmuth he was a man who has the gift of interpretation. This gift would soon allow him to change his home city of Hamburg, and give its citizens knowledge about the war.
On the outside, Helmuth seemed like a perfect German. His first sign of rebellion was when he was caught singing You Are My Sunshine, a forbidden American song, by the Hitler Youth Night Patrol. He questioned why his act was bad, this was written on his citizenship report. After Kristallnacht, or The Night of Broken Glass, he began to voice his opinion about the wrongdoings of the Nazis to his friends and family. That was the last time he publicly voiced his forbidden opinion about the Nazi party. After that, he began publicly, anonymously making forbidden comments about the show more content
Helmuth was torture interrogated for 2 days, after that he confesses that Karl and Rudi helped him. Helmuths trial is held at the Peoples Court of Berlin, the most feared court in Germany. In Helmuths final letters to his family, his last wish, he wrote that he knows he will not die in vain. He says that he spoke out about the truths of Nazismand that he allowed other people to know it. He told his mother that he knows he lived a life that stood for something. The truth. Karl and Rudi, who were later granted clemency for their crimes, they both say due to Helmuth efforts, saw each other on a bus to the trial. Both boys describe that they were all smiling and winking at each other, even Helmuth, through his swollen eyes and lips. They recall seeing Helmuth forgive the man who told the Gestapo all the information to incriminate Helmuth. Helmuths defense lawyer worked for the Nazi government.There is no jury. When the judges announced that he will be sentenced to death, even though he is a minor, he states, All I did was tell the truth, and you have sentenced me to die, just for telling the
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