Paul Schneider, a life for the Gospel in Nazi Germany. On July 18, 1938, he died in the Buchenwald camp. This is his story.

July 18 2021


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On July 18, 1939, evangelical pastor Paul Schneider died in the Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald.

"In the Bunker in which the dark isolation cells were located, I met Pastor Schneider; he was in the cell next to mine. Every morning he held a morning prayer for us prisoners, and because of that every time he was clubbed and tortured [...]. On Easter Sunday we suddenly heard the powerful words: "Thus says the Lord: I am the resurrection and the life. The long lines of prisoners stood at attention, deeply disturbed by the courage and energy of that indomitable will [...]. He could never utter more than a few sentences. Then we would hear the guards' cane blows crashing down on him..."

The memory of a fellow prisoner manifest how Paul Schneider had dedicated his life to the Gospel to the last.

A letter he wrote from Buchenwald, addressed to his family members, is preserved in the Shrine of the New Martyrs in the Basilica of San Bartolomeo all'Isola Tiberina in Rome.