A Reform-Adventist family, Sister Ines and Brother Jens Müller from Naumburg, Germany, directed the attention of the German society to the destiny of a Reform-Adventist martyr, Pastor Johann Hanselmann (1892-1942) whose memory stone is located in the Little Marks Street (Kleine Märkerstraße) in the city of Halle, Germany, Constanze Matthes from www.mz.de (Middle-German Newspaper – Mitteldeutsche Zeitung) reported on December 28, 2021.

According to the memory stone, Brother  Johann Hanselmann was arrested in 1940 (and sent to Naumburg’s prison firstly) and then he was brought to the concentration camp Sachsenhausen where he was killed on May 13, 1942. That’s why the family Ines and Jens Müller would prefer to see the memory stone of Pastor Johann Hanselmann, that was laid in 2012 on the initiative of the Contemporary History (ies) Association, rather near the prison of Naumburg where the Reform-Adventist martyr was sent to, Constanze Matthes confirmed.

According to a biographical note within the list of the memory stones in www.de.wikipedia.org, Pastor Johann Hanselmann was born in Frankenberg, Germany, in a farming family and worked in his native town as blacksmith, fitter and beekeeper. During his stay in a military hospital in the First World War, he met representatives of the Seventh Day Adventist. Since 1928, he, a married man and father of two children, worked as Pastor and Leader of East-German Field. Because of his belonging to the Seventh Day Adventist Church – Reform Movement, Pastor Johann Hanselmann was arrested even in 1936 and he suffered a prison sentence in Dresden, Germany, until October 1937. Then he worked as a sales representative in Mühringen, Germany. On October 24, 1940, he was arrested in Halle/ Saale, Germany, and sentenced to eighteen months in prison again. In December 1941, Pastor Johann Hanselmann was sent to the concentration camp Sachsenhausen. His official cause of death was dysentery.

The memory stone dedicated to Pastor Johann Hanselmann; a photo from www.mz.de

Written by Margarit Zhekov