Jochen Klepper

KLEPPER, Jochen. b. Beuthen-an-der-Oder (in Silesia, now Bytom Odrzański in Poland), 22 March 1903; d. Berlin, 11 December 1942. He was christened Joachim Georg Wilhelm Klepper (he later called himself Jochen). His father was a Lutheran pastor. Beginning in 1922, he studied theology at Erlangen and Breslau, but cut short his doctoral work in church history in 1926 to help support his family, taking a position with the Evangelischer Presseverband für Schlesien [Silesia], where he produced daily devotions for radio broadcasts. In 1931 he married Johanna (‘Hanni’) Stein, a widow with two daughters. The following year the family moved to Berlin, where Klepper found work in radio. In 1933 the...

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