Monthly Archives: May 2020

1st June 1900 – Birth of Hermann Thür – Catholic, Protestant, Jew – Persecuted Pastor and Norfolk Clergyman #otdimjh

Hermann Alois Anton Thür was an Austrian, a Jew, a Catholic monk and priest, a Protestant Pastor, Anglican Vicar and Holocaust survivor. Today would have been his 120th birthday. He is one of a generation of “Jews in the Pew” whose lives … Continue reading

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16th May 1905 Birth of Werner Georg Kümmel, Giant of New Testament Scholarship, 3/8 Jewish #otdimjh

When I began studying Theology in the 1970s Werner Kümmel’s encyclopedic “Introduction to the New Testament” was a formidable tome to master when cutting one’s teeth in the standard first essay on the Synoptic Problem – the relationships, relative dating, … Continue reading

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15 May 1918 Birth of Hannelore Hansch – “Courage Proved” – theologian, freedom fighter, shielder of Jewish escapers: #otdimjh

Hannelore Hansch (* 15. May 1918 in Cologne , † 17th November 2007 in Karlsruhe-Durlach ) was a German Protestant minister, Jewish victim of the Nazi regime and member of the Confessing Church . As a “half-Jew”, Hannelore Hansch was … Continue reading

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14 May 1909 Birth of Arnold Ehrhardt, Lawyer, Theologian, Pursuer of Justice #otdimjh

Arnold Anton Traugott Ehrhardt (14 May 1903 in Königsberg to 18 February 1965 in Manchester) was a German jurist and British theologian. Arnold was the son of Oskar Ehrhardt, a professor of surgery, and Martha, née Rosenhain (?Rosenheim?), a school … Continue reading

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11 May 1665 Fernando Mendes, Jewish-Christian Doctor in time of Great Plague #otdimjh

Fernando Mendes (1647-1724)                                                           Fernando Mendes was a well-respected Jewish physician, who attended both Charles II and his wife, Catherine of Braganza. Catherine ( 25 November 1638 – 31 December 1705) was queen consort of England, of Scotland and … Continue reading

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May 3, 1942 Death of Anton Urspruch – “Baptising” Pastor who helped his Jewish friends #otdimjh

Pastor Anton Ursprunguch was a pastor in Frankfurt-am-Main for more than three decades and was well-loved and popular throughout the region.  He was a pastor at the St. Paulsgemeinde (1899-1925) and then at the Dreikönigsgemeinde in Sachsenhausen (1925-1933).  Pastor Urspruch’s … Continue reading

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1st May 1948 Passing of Johannes Lesser – Faithful Pastor, Prussian Nationalist, “Half-Jew” #otdimjh

Johannes was the son of Heinrich Lesser, a Jewish bookseller from Halle who converted to Christianity in 1864, three years before Johannes was born on 17 February 1867. For most of his life this did not affect his career or … Continue reading

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