Hans Henning Atrott, also called: Hans Atrott, was born 12 January 1944 in Memel, East Prussia (now Klaipéda, Lithuania). His father was Protestant minister at James Church in Memel. Both parents did not survive World War II.
As child he was with his maternal grandparents. He studied philosophy, political science and sociology (of medicine) at Munich University. As student from 1969 - 1971, he was chairman of the Association of East Prussian Students in Germany (Studentenbund Ostpreußen). Atrott is the founder and first president of the German society for voluntary euthanasia (D.G.H.S.) 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 euthanasiaafter World War II within Germany. Since 1978 he has been married to Anita Atrott (born March 7, 1958). He is a father and grandfather. In 2009, he self-published his theories in his book "Jesus' Bluff - The universal Scandal of the World (M. Magnes)".