Priest in the archdiocese of Münster, Germany, ordained in 1932. Member of the Schoenstatt Movement. For preaching against Nazism, he was arrested by the Gestapo and shipped to the Dachau concentration camp on 15 December 1941. Martyred by the Nazis.
- 1 August 1942 in the Dachau concentration camp, Oberbayern, Bavaria, Germany of pneumonia and starvation
- 19 September 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI
- beatification recognition celebrated at the cathedral of Münster, Germany, Cardinal Joaquim Meisner, Archbishop of Cologne, Germany presiding
- “Blessed Gerhard Hirschfelder“. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 June 2016. Web. 28 September 2016. <>