- Category : 1896-births
- Type : PE
- Profile : 2/4 - Hermit / Opportunist
- Definition : Triple Split
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Explanation 1
German political activist who became a Communist Party politician and ultimately, chairman (leader) of the party, following the arrest on 3 March 1933 of Ernst Thälmann. By this time the country was very rapidly being transformed into a one-party dictatorship, meaning that the party John Schehr led was outlawed, with those members of the leadership team who had not escaped abroad now living "underground" (unregistered) and in hiding. Schehr was nevertheless arrested on 13 November 1933 and taken to a Berlin concentration camp. He died on the night of 1-2 February 1934 when he was one of four men shot by Gestapo officials, reportedly "while escaping" during an overnight transport, following arrest.
After the National Socialist nightmare ended Schehr and his three murdered comrades became celebrated, for the benefit of a new generation, in the German Democratic Republic (East Germany: 1949-1989) by means of a poem written, probably, shortly after the killing, by Erich Weinert.