Famous German Activists

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 1 Pia Wurtzbach

Pia Wurtzbach
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Famous As: Model, Actress
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.

 2 Sophie Scholl

Sophie Scholl
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Famous As: Anti-Nazi Activist
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.

 3 Q'orianka Kilcher

Q'orianka Kilcher
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 11, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Schweigmatt, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Q'orianka Kilcher is an American actress, activist, and singer. She is best known for playing important characters in films like The New World and Princess Kaiulani. As an activist, Kilcher has been visiting universities and colleges and delivering speeches at organizations like Amnesty International. 

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 4 Edda Göring

Edda Göring
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Famous As: Politician
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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 5 Maria Riva

Maria Riva
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 6 Tom Daschle

Tom Daschle
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 9, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA

 7 Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys
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Famous As: Sculptor, Choreographer, Painter, University teacher
Birthdate: May 12, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Krefeld
Died: January 23, 1986

It is believed Joseph Beuys was rescued by Tartars when his air force plane broke down in Crimea during World War II. He later gained fame as an avant-garde sculptor and artist and part of the group Fluxus. His works used unconventional media, with some even including staged actions.

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 8 Horst Wessel

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

 9 Joachim Gauck

Joachim Gauck
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 24, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rostock, Germany

Joachim Gauck is a German civil rights activist and politician. From 2012 to 2017, Gauck served as the president of Germany. Joachim Gauck is credited with co-founding a political movement called New Forum in 1989, which played a critical role in the undoing of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany. A multi-talented personality, Joachim Gauck has authored many influential books.

 10 Luisa Neubauer

Luisa Neubauer
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Famous As: Climate activist
Birthdate: April 21, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

 11 Dietrich Eckart

Dietrich Eckart
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Famous As: Poet
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.

 12 Carl von Ossietzky

Carl von Ossietzky
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Famous As: Journalist & Pacifist
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.

 13 Andreas Baader

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

 14 Ferdinand Lassalle

Ferdinand Lassalle
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Famous As: Writer, Politician, Economist, Lawyer, Philosopher
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.

 15 Clara Zetkin

Clara Zetkin
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: July 5, 1857
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Königshain-Wiederau, Germany
Died: June 20, 1933

 16 Horst Mahler

Horst Mahler
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Famous As: Opinion journalist, Political activist, Lawyer
Birthdate: January 23, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chojnów

 17 Shere Hite

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

 18 Karl Heinrich Ulrichs

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

 19 Inge Scholl

Inge Scholl
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Famous As: Hans Scholl's sister
Birthdate: August 11, 1917
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ingersheim, Germany
Died: September 4, 1998

 20 Ottilie Assing

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

 21 Ernest Mandel

Ernest Mandel
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: April 5, 1923
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: July 20, 1995

Ernest Mandel was a Belgian Trotskyist activist and theorist, Marxian economist, and Holocaust survivor. During the German occupation of Belgium, Mandel fought against the Nazis in the underground resistance. He served as an editor of Het Vrije Woord, an underground newspaper during the Second World War. During his life, Mandel published some 30 books and 2,000 articles in various languages.

 22 Alexander Schmorell

Alexander Schmorell
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Famous As: Activist with five others formed a resistance group known as White Rose which was active against the Nazi German
Birthdate: September 16, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Orenburg, Russia
Died: July 13, 1943

 23 Alice Schwarzer

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

 24 Dirk Bach

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

 25 May Ayim

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

 26 Helga Zepp-LaRouche

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

 27 August Spies

August Spies
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Famous As: Editor
Birthdate: December 10, 1855
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Landecker Berg, Schenklengsfeld, Germany
Died: November 11, 1887

 28 Adolf Brand

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

 29 Dorothee Sölle

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

 30 Anke Domscheit-Berg

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

 31 Anacharsis Cloots

Anacharsis Cloots
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 24, 1755
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kleve, Germany
Died: March 24, 1794

Anacharsis Cloots was a Prussian nobleman who played a significant role in the French Revolution. Born into a wealthy family, he spent his youth traveling across the world preaching his revolutionary ideas. He was a world federalist and is believed to be the first person to advocate a world parliament. He was nicknamed "a personal enemy of God." 

 32 Marianne Weber

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

 33 Arnold Zweig

Arnold Zweig
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Famous As: Writer
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. 

 34 Theodor Wonja Michael

Theodor Wonja Michael
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Famous As: Journalist and public servant
Birthdate: January 15, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: October 19, 2019

 35 Conrad Beissel

Conrad Beissel
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Famous As: Religious leader
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.

 36 Eugen Drewermann

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

 37 Lily Braun

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

 38 Johann Cochlaeus

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

 39 Rolf Becker

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

 40 Gerhart M. Riegner

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

 41 Fanny Lewald

Fanny Lewald
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Famous As: Author
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.

 42 Gunnar Dybwad

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