Famous German Activists

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Oskar Schindler
(Industrialist)

Oskar Schindler
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Birthdate: April 28, 1908
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Svitavy, Czechia
Died: October 9, 1974

Oskar Schindler was a German industrialist who displayed extraordinary dedication and courage to save the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust. Oskar Schindler's act is viewed by many as the kind of act that restores faith in humanity.  His inspirational and heart-warming story was adapted into an Oscar-winning film titled Schindler's List.

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Pia Wurtzbach
(Model, Actress)

Pia Wurtzbach
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Birthdate: September 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany

Pia Wurtzbach is a Filipino-German beauty queen who participated in the 64th Miss Universe pageant where she was crowned Miss Universe 2015. Wurtzbach is also a model, actress, and TV personality; she had to quit her showbusiness career temporarily to participate in the beauty pageant. She is also an advocate for gender equality and works towards raising awareness of HIV.

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Sophie Scholl
(Anti-Nazi Activist)

Sophie Scholl
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Birthdate: May 9, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Forchtenberg, Germany
Died: February 22, 1943

Sophie Scholl was a German anti-Nazi political activist who was involved with a non-violent resistance group called White Rose. Scholl was executed by guillotine at the age of 21 for distributing anti-war leaflets. Since her death, Sophie Scholl has been viewed as an iconic figure. Her life and work have inspired several films, including Sophie Scholl – The Final Days.

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Rosa Luxemburg
(Revolutionary Socialist, Marxist Philosopher & Anti-War Activist)

Rosa Luxemburg
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Birthdate: March 5, 1871
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zamosc, Poland
Died: January 15, 1919
Polish Marxist and socialist revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg was a member of parties such as the SPD, the USPD, and the KPD. Luxemburg was an anti-war activist and taught economics and Marxism at SPD's Berlin training center. She was assassinated by the Freikorps troops during the German Revolution
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Edda Göring
(Politician)

Edda Göring
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Birthdate: June 2, 1938
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: December 21, 2018
Edda Göring was the only child of Nazi Party member Hermann Göring and actor Emmy Sonnemann. She grew up amidst luxury and received expensive art as gifts as a child, one of which, a painting of Madonna and Child by Lucas Cranach the Elder, dragged her into legal disputes.

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Maria Riva
(Actress)

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Birthdate: December 13, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Born to actor Marlene Dietrich, Maria Riva started her career as a child actor, working in films such as The Scarlet Empress. The Emmy-nominated actor had also been part of CBS teleplays such as The Milton Berle Show. She had penned a bestselling memoir on her mother, too.

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Tom Daschle
(Politician)

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Birthdate: December 9, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA
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Horst Wessel
(Composer)

Horst Wessel
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Birthdate: October 9, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bielefeld
Died: February 23, 1930

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Luisa Neubauer
(Climate activist)

Luisa Neubauer
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Birthdate: April 21, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

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Dietrich Eckart
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Birthdate: March 23, 1868
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany
Died: December 26, 1923

German anti-Semitic völkisch poet, playwright, journalist, publicist, and political activist Dietrich Eckart, one of Adolf Hitler's earliest mentors who Hitler acknowledged as the spiritual co-founder of Nazism, founded German Workers' Party, the precursor of Nazi Party. Eckart was the original publisher of the Nazi Party newspaper Völkischer Beobachter, and lyricist of Sturmlied, the de facto anthem of the Sturmabteilung.

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Naomi Seibt
(Activist known as a climate change denier and as a proponent of misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic.)

Naomi Seibt
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Birthdate: August 18, 2000
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Münster, Germany

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Magnus Hirschfeld
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Birthdate: May 14, 1868
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kolobrzeg, Poland
Died: May 14, 1935

Born in Prussia, Magnus Hirschfeld had initially studied languages and had then earned a medical degree. He grew up to be a prominent sexologist and gay rights activist who referred to the LGBT community as the “third sex.” His one-of-a-kind sexology institute was later destroyed by the Nazis.

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Rudi Dutschke
(Former Sociologist, political activist known for Spokesperson of the German student movement)

Rudi Dutschke
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Birthdate: March 7, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Schönefeld, Nuthe-Urstromtal, Germany
Died: December 24, 1979

Rudi Dutschke was a German sociologist and political activist. He was a leading figure within the West German Socialist Students Union (SDS). He was also involved with the Federal Republic's broader “extra-parliamentary opposition” (APO). He supported a world-wide socialist revolution. He was brutally attacked by an assassin in 1968 and struggled with his injuries for years before dying in 1979. 

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Clara Zetkin
(Activist)

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Birthdate: July 5, 1857
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Königshain-Wiederau, Germany
Died: June 20, 1933

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Horst Mahler
(Opinion journalist, Political activist, Lawyer)

Horst Mahler
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Birthdate: January 23, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chojnów

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Ferdinand Lassalle
(Writer, Politician, Economist, Lawyer, Philosopher)

Ferdinand Lassalle
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Birthdate: April 11, 1825
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wrocław
Died: August 31, 1864

Enamoured by the ideas of French and German philosophers, Ferdinand Lassalle initially aspired to be a lecturer. He later joined the socialist cause and spearheaded Germany’s social democratic movement. He also introduced terms such as the iron law of wages and concepts such as Lassallism, or achieving socialist ideals through the state.

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Shere Hite
(Feminist)

Shere Hite
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Birthdate: November 2, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States
Died: September 9, 2020

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Beate Klarsfeld
(Activist)

Beate Klarsfeld
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Birthdate: February 13, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Berlin, Nazi Germany

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Carl von Ossietzky
(Journalist & Pacifist)

Carl von Ossietzky
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Birthdate: October 3, 1889
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: May 4, 1938
German journalist Carl von Ossietzky was part of the army during World War I. Later, through a series of articles in his magazine Weltbühne, he exposed the Reichswehr leaders’ secret rearmament plans. He was later tortured in a camp and forbidden to leave Germany to collect his Nobel Peace Prize.

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Karl Heinrich Ulrichs
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Birthdate: August 28, 1825
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Aurich, Germany
Died: July 14, 1895

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Alexander Israel Helphand
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Birthdate: September 8, 1867
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berazino, Belarus
Died: December 12, 1924

Initially inspired by Marxist ideals, Alexander Israel Helphand later got involved in revolutionary activities and was arrested. He escaped to Germany, where he later negotiated Lenin’s re-entry into Russia in a sealed train through Germany from Switzerland, where Lenin was exiled. Nevertheless, Helphand wasn’t allowed by Lenin to re-enter Russia.

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Inge Scholl
(Hans Scholl's sister)

Inge Scholl
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Birthdate: August 11, 1917
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ingersheim, Germany
Died: September 4, 1998

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Ottilie Assing
(Feminist)

Ottilie Assing
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Birthdate: February 11, 1819
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: August 21, 1884

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Bertha Pappenheim
(Feminist, a social pioneer, and the founder of the Jewish Women's Association)

Bertha Pappenheim
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Birthdate: February 27, 1859
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: May 28, 1936

Austrian-Jewish feminist and social worker Bertha Pappenheim founded the Jewish Women's Association (Jüdischer Frauenbund), mainly with the objective of improving women's experiences in the Jewish community. She was treated by Austrian physician Josef Breuer for nervous symptoms and her case study (under the pseudonym Anna O.) found place in Breuer’s book Studies on Hysteria, co-authored with Sigmund Freud.

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Alexander Schmorell
(Activist with five others formed a resistance group known as White Rose which was active against the Nazi German)

Alexander Schmorell
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Birthdate: September 16, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Orenburg, Russia
Died: July 13, 1943

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Ursula Franklin
(Physicist)

Ursula Franklin
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Birthdate: September 16, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: July 22, 2016

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May Ayim
(Poet)

May Ayim
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Birthdate: May 3, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: August 9, 1996

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Helga Zepp-LaRouche
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Birthdate: August 25, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Trier, Germany

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Dirk Bach
(Actor)

Dirk Bach
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Birthdate: April 23, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
Died: October 1, 2012

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August Spies
(Editor)

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Birthdate: December 10, 1855
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Landecker Berg, Schenklengsfeld, Germany
Died: November 11, 1887

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Adolf Brand
(Writer)

Adolf Brand
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Birthdate: November 14, 1874
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: February 2, 1945

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Dorothee Sölle
(Theologian)

Dorothee Sölle
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Birthdate: September 30, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
Died: April 27, 2003

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Anke Domscheit-Berg
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Birthdate: February 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Premnitz, Germany

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Andreas Baader
(Criminal who was one of the first leaders of the West German left-wing militant organization Red Army Faction (RAF))

Andreas Baader
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Birthdate: May 6, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: October 18, 1977

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Marianne Weber
(Sociologist)

Marianne Weber
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Birthdate: August 2, 1870
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oerlinghausen, Germany
Died: March 12, 1954

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Arnold Zweig
(Writer)

Arnold Zweig
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Birthdate: November 10, 1887
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Głogów, Poland
Died: November 26, 1968

Arnold Zweig was a German writer and socialist best known for his six-part cycle on World War I. He was well-educated as a young man and was influenced by Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophy. He fought in World War I and became an active socialistic Zionist after the war. He wrote many anti-war novels, many of which were later made into films. 

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Theodor Wonja Michael
(Journalist and public servant)

Theodor Wonja Michael
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Birthdate: January 15, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: October 19, 2019

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Eugen Drewermann
(Theologian)

Eugen Drewermann
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Birthdate: June 20, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berghamen, Germany

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Adé Bantu
(Musician, Singer, Social Activist)

Adé Bantu
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Birthdate: July 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England

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Lily Braun
(Writer)

Lily Braun
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Birthdate: July 2, 1865
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Halberstadt, Germany
Died: August 8, 1916

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Alice Schwarzer
(Journalist)

Alice Schwarzer
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Birthdate: December 3, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wuppertal, Germany

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Luděk Pachman
(Czechoslovak-German Chess Player, Chess Writer, and Political Activist)

Luděk Pachman
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Birthdate: May 11, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bělá pod Bezdězem, Czechia
Died: March 6, 2003

Luděk Pachman was a Czechoslovak-German chess player, political activist, and chess writer. Pachman, who was awarded the Grandmaster title in 1954, won seven Czechoslovak championship titles between 1946 and 1966. Luděk Pachman published 80 books in five languages and became the leading opening expert in the world during the 1950s with the publication of his book, Theory of Modern Chess.

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Johann Cochlaeus
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Birthdate: January 10, 1479
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wendelstein, Germany
Died: January 10, 1552

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Rolf Becker
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Birthdate: March 31, 1935
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany

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Fanny Lewald
(Author)

Fanny Lewald
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Birthdate: March 21, 1811
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Königsberg, Kaliningrad, Russia
Died: August 5, 1889

Best remembered for her six-volume autobiography, Meine Lebensgeschichte, a seminal work that documents the growing up years of a Jewish woman in the nineteenth century Europe, German writer Fanny Lewald was also a woman's rights activist, advocating for their education. A prolific author since the age of thirty, she wrote mainly on family, marriage, social problems and travel.

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Gerhart M. Riegner
(Lawyer and activist)

Gerhart M. Riegner
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Birthdate: September 12, 1911
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: December 3, 2001

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Conrad Beissel
(Religious leader)

Conrad Beissel
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Birthdate: March 1, 1691
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Eberbach, Germany
Died: July 6, 1768

Born in Eberbach, Conrad Beissel had initially worked as a baker in Heidelberg and later moved to America. Part of the Schwarzenau Brethren, or the German Baptists, he later led his own group of people who formed the German Seventh Day Baptists and observed the Sabbath as a holy day.

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Gunnar Dybwad
(Professor)

Gunnar Dybwad
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Birthdate: July 12, 1909
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Died: September 18, 2001