Michael J. Hofer

Michael J. Hofer

Birth
Alexandria, Hanson County, South Dakota, USA
Death 2 Dec 1918 (aged 25)
Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas, USA
Burial Hillside, Douglas County, South Dakota, USA
Memorial ID 58432220 · View Source
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Hutterite man from the Rockport Colony who was tortured at Fort Leavenworth Military Prison for being a pacifist (due to religious beliefs) during WWI. He was admitted to a hospital critically ill. His brother, Joseph, also tortured at Fort Leavenworth, had died 3 days earlier. They both left behind wives and children.

Two other men from their colony who were drafted with them and also tortured at Fort Leavenworth survived. They were ultimately released with the government's apologies.

The Hutterite faith allows doing any job in the military (even dangerous jobs) except for fighting. If they do fight, they can be ex-communicated. So, this was quite a serious issue to these men. The Hutterite consider them martyrs for standing up for their beliefs unto death.


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  • Created by: A Marine's Daughter
  • Added: 9 Sep 2010
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Michael J. Hofer (13 Jul 1893–2 Dec 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 58432220, citing Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery, Hillside, Douglas County, South Dakota, USA ; Maintained by A Marine's Daughter (contributor 46506165) .