80 years ago today - Oct 27, 1942

Helmuth Huebener, age seventeen, is the first Mormon the Gestapo executes (by beheading). He leads the anti-Nazi resistance group involving two other German LDS teenagers who are sent to concentration camps. To protect other Mormons from Nazi reprisals, Hamburg branch president excommunicates Huebener shortly after his arrest. On 24 Jan. 1948 the First Presidency orders the following notation to appear on Huebener's membership record: "Excommuncation is done by mistake."

[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

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