Martin Niemöller Tried by Special Nazi Court

Martin Niemöller Tried by Special Nazi Court

Martin Niemöller with Confirmands, shortly before Arrest

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Martin Niemöller faces trial at a "Special Court" for activities against the Nazi government. The Sondergericht, or special court, is a creation of the Nazi government to bypass the normal procedures and standards of the judiciary. Niemöller is fined 2,000 Reichsmarks and sentenced to seven months imprisonment.

Since he had been originally arrested in July, 1937, he already spent more time in prison than his sentence calls for so he is released following the end of the tria. The Gestapo will immediately re-arrest him this same day, though, because Nazi officials deem the sentence too lenient. Niemöller will then be incarcerated in the Sachsenhausen and Dachau concentration camps until 1945.

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