Ossietzky, Carl von
Born: Oct 03, 1889 AD
Died: 1938 AD, at 48 years of age.
1889 - Born on October 3rd in Hamburg, Germany. German journalist and pacifist, winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace.
1912 - Ossietzky joined the German Peace Society but was conscripted into the army and served throughout World War I.
1920 - He became the society's secretary in Berlin.
1922-1927 - Ossietzky helped to found the Nie Wieder Krieg (No More War) organization and became editor of the Weltbühne, a liberal political weekly, where in a series of articles he unmasked the Reichswehr (German army) leaders' secret preparations for rearmament.
1931-1932 - Accused of treason, Ossietzky was sentenced in November to 18 months' imprisonment but was granted amnesty in December.
1933 - By the time Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany in January, Ossietzky had resumed his editorship, in which he uncompromisingly attacked the Nazis.
- Steadfastly refusing to flee Germany, he was arrested on February 28th, and sent to Papenburg concentration camp.
1935 - Ossietzky was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. The award was interpreted as an expression of worldwide censure of Nazism.
1936 - After enduring three years of incarceration and torture in the camps, Ossietzky was transferred in May to a prison hospital in Berlin by the German government, which was growing alarmed at the international publicity his case had begun to attract.
1938 - Ossietzky was permitted to move to a private sanatorium where, his health broken, he died of illness on May 4th in Berlin.
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