Hans Henning Atrott

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Hans Atrott, picture from the year 2011

Hans Henning Atrott, also Hans Atrott, (born 12 January 1944 in Memel, East Prussia now Klaipéda, Lithuania) is notable for his commitment in the german right-to-die movement.


Descent and Childhood[edit]

His father was Protestant minister at James Church in Memel.[1] Neither of his parents survived World War II.[2] He spent his childhood with his maternal grandparents [3] and in Christian boarding schools.

Education and Activities as Student[edit]

He studied philosophy, political science and sociology (of medicine) at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the Bavarian School of Public Policy. As student from 1969 - 1971, he was federal, i.e., national, chairman of the Association of East Prussian Students in Germany (Studentenbund Ostpreußen).[4]

Commitment to voluntary Euthanasia[edit]

Atrott is the founder and first president of the German society for voluntary euthanasia (D.G.H.S.) then based in Augsburg, Bavaria, and former secretary (executive director) of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies. He introduced living wills ("Patientenverfügungen") in Germany and was the first to promote voluntary euthanasia after World War II within Germany.


He self-published his theories in his books "Jesus' Bluff - The universal Scandal of the World (M. Magnes)", in 2009 [5] and in 2015 "Cross and Crime - Jesus Came to Crucify the World (The Gospel of Philip)."[6] Both books have been translated into Spanish,[7][8] the latter, in addition, into French.[9]


Since 1978 he has been married to Anita Atrott (born March 7, 1958). Atrott left Germany in 1995.[10] He is a father and grandfather. Depending on the seasons of a year, today, he shares his time between Klaipéda, (Lithuania), Los Gigantes (Spain) and Switzerland, where his descendants also live.


  1. ^ Memeler Dampfboot from 08/20/1954 p. 2, electronically on: http://memel.klavb.lt/MD/ADM_Archiv20111201/MD1954/MD1954_0802.pdf
  2. ^ Memeler Dampfboot from 08/20/1954 p. 2
  3. ^ Memeler Dampfboot from 08/20/1954 p. 2
  4. ^ Ostpreußenblatt from 04/26/1969 p. 4, electronically on: http://archiv.preussische-allgemeine.de/1969/1969_04_26_17.pdf and Ostpreußenblatt 11/08/1969, p.1, electronically on: http://archiv.preussische-allgemeine.de/1969/1969_11_08_45.pdf
  5. ^ Jesus' Bluff - The universal Scandal of the World (M. Magnes) PublishAmerica, Baltimore 2009, ISBN 978-1-61582-816-6
  6. ^ Cross and Crime - Jesus Came to Crucify the World (The Gospel of Philip) America Star Books, Frederick, MD. 2015, ISBN 978-1635084535
  7. ^ La Farsa de Jesús - El escándalo universal del mundo. Frederick, MD.: America Star Books. 2015. ISBN 978-1682291801.
  8. ^ Cruz y el crimen: Jesús vino a crucificar al mundo (el Evangelio de Felipe). Frederick, MD.: America Star Books. 2016. ISBN 9781682902325.
  9. ^ Croix et Crime - Jésus est venu pour crucifier le monde. Frederick, MD.: America Star Books. 2017. ISBN 9781683941484. Archived from the original on 2017-01-18.
  10. ^ http://www.focus.de/gesundheit/thorbrietz_kolumne/petra-thorbrietzund39-letzte-fragen_aid_204127.html

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