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Ernst Wilhelm Schneppenhorst (born April 19, 1881 – April 24, 1945) was a Bavarian politician of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD).


Schneppenhorst was born in Krefeld. After his professional carpenter training, he was travelled as a journeyman through Germany, Austria, Hungary, Italy and Switzerland, before he settled down in Nuremberg. In 1906, he became member of the wood workers's union, and later secretary of the union. He was a member of the Bavarian parliament from 1912 to 1920, in 1918 he became leader of the general command of the III Royal Bavarian Corps, and succeeded Richard Scheid (USPD) in 1919, who was only a few weeks minister of military affairs (war minister). In the following years he built an optical institute, and was member of the Reichstag from 1932 to 1933. In 1933 the optical institute was confiscated by the Nazis, and Schneppenhorst was primarily imprisoned in 1937. Afterwards he was member of the unionized resistance under Wilhelm Leuschner. He was detained again in 1939, and after the failed 20 July plot he was arrested in the Oranienburg concentration camp, and then transferred to the Lehrter Steet Prison of Berlin. On April 24, 1945 he was executed by an SS command.[1]

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  1. ^ Schneppenhorst, Ernst, House of the Bavarian history (HdBG).
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Preceded by
Richard Scheid
Ministers of War (Bavaria)
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