Γεννημένος στις 30 Μαρτίου 1924 στο Μόναχο. Άκουγε εκπομπές του BBC, κάτι που έγινε αφορμή για να συγκεντρώσει μια ομάδα από νέους της Καθολικής Εκκλησίας, που αντιπαθούσαν τους Ναζί όπως κι αυτός. Το 1941 τύπωσαν φυλλάδια και καλούσαν τον κόσμο να ανατρέψει το ναζιστικό καθεστώς. Αποτύπωναν το σχήμα V (το σήμα της νίκης) σε κτίρια στην πόλη. Έστησαν επίσης έναν μικρό ραδιοπομπό για την εκπομπή εναλλακτικών ειδήσεων. Τους ανακάλυψαν, τους συνέλαβαν, και τους καταδίκασαν σε θάνατο στις 24 Σεπτεμβρίου 1942 στις φυλακές Στάντελχαϊμ του Μονάχου.
O Xούμπερτ Μπράιτσαφτ ήταν δάσκαλος της πρωτοβάθμιας εκπαίδευσης, απ’ ό,τι φαίνεται πολύ αγαπητός στους μαθητές και τους γονείς τους. Όμως, στην τάξη δεν συμμορφωνόταν με τη ναζιστική ιδεολογία. Διατύπωνε επανειλημμένα για πράξεις όπως ο χαιρετισμός στον Χίτλερ ή αμφισβητούσε την ειλικρίνεια των γερμανικών επίσημων εφημερίδων. Τον κατέδωσαν, τον καταδίκασαν και τον εκτέλεσαν. Κατηγορήθηκε για υπονόμευση της γερμανικής πολεμικής προσπάθειας
He was disturbed by other changes, too. A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he watched as the leader of his church joined the Nazi Party and the congregation became increasingly supportive of the Third Reich. It was a common move for Mormon churches in Germany and occupied countries, as many congregations worried they might be persecuted by the Nazis, too.
These events upset him, and the teenager began to question the Nazis’ hatred of Jews and the Third Reich’s growing control of German society. As he became older and started working as a trainee in social administration, Hübener realized that others had the same doubts. Then he began listening to forbidden radio broadcasts and became convinced that the regime was not just racist and manipulative, but was losing the war.
Hübener’s actions were extremely risky. Radio had helped the Nazis rise to power by spreading their messages to a mass audience. Once the Third Reich took over Germany, they began to use the radio to control the population. They flooded the airwaves with propaganda broadcasts, spreading false reports of glorious victories and bright prospects where there were none.
For months, Hübener spread the word about lost battles and Nazi lies. But in February 1942, a coworker who saw him writing the pamphlets turned him in to Nazi officials. He was arrested and tried before the Volksgerichtshof, or People’s Court, a Nazi-controlled tribunal that dealt with matters of treason.
Hübener and his friends were imprisoned in Berlin’s Plötzensee Prison along with other political prisoners. The prison was notorious for its harsh treatment of prisoners and as a site of countless summary executions. For ten weeks, the boys were tortured and intimidated as they awaited trial. When the Nazi head of Hübener’s congregation found out about the arrest, he excommunicated the boy from the Mormon Church.
Finally, the trial arrived. Hübener, who was just 17 years old, was tried as an adult. Rather than argue for his release, the boy instead confronted the judges about the Nazi regime and the war. When a judge asked him if he really thought Germany would lose the war, he asked, “Don’t you?” His friends later told family members that they thought Hübener was purposely baiting the judges so they’d give the other boys less severe sentences.
That’s exactly what happened. His friends were sentenced to imprisonment in labor camps, but Helmuth Hübener was convicted of conspiracy to commit high treason and treasonous furthering of the enemy’s causes and sentenced to death by beheading. Because his crime was considered so serious, Hübener’s sentence gave the Nazis legal justification for both his execution as a minor and the torture he had already withstood.
When asked if he had anything to say before his sentencing, Hübener confronted the judges again. “I have to die now for no crime at all,” he said. “Your turn is next!”
On October 27, 1942, guards told Hübener that Adolf Hitler had personally refused to commute his death sentence. Hours later, he was beheaded—the youngest person ever executed by the Third Reich.