Public Deterrent

National Socialist death sentences were intended to be deterrents. Many executions were announced via posters. The Mormon apprentice Helmuth Hübener strongly distanced himself from the Nazi regime and disseminated important news from foreign radio stations via flyers. In the fall and winter of 1941, he wrote some twenty flyers within the space of six months, informing people about the military situation and the National Socialists‘ crimes of violence. Despite being only seventeen. Helmuth Hübener was sentenced to death by the “People's Court” on August 11, 1942, and beheaded in Plötzensee prison on October 27, 1942.