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Farewell Letters of the Lübeck Martyrs

Testifications of faith

For years they were considered to be lost: The farewell letters of the Lübeck Martyrs Johannes Prassek, Hermann Lange, Eduard Müller and Karl Friedrich Stellbrink. November 2004, these letters reemerged. Lübeck historian Prof. Dr. Peter Voswinckel detected a great many of documents about the martyrs in the Berlin Federal Archives.

Peter Voswickel could reconstruct the letter's history: The Volksgerichtshof (People's Court) banned their delivery founded on the martyr's confidence and delight before their death. The national socialist Volksgerichtshof considered them to be dangerous: "With this remarks the convicts expressed appararently that commiting their crimes was all in good cause and they risked their lives as martyrs." After the war, they ended up in the GDR archives which became part of the Federal Archives after the "Wende" (German reunification).

Farewell Letter of Johannes Prassek to his family