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Die Bibel

Object | Accession Number: 1989.314.5

Old and New Testament Bible found by liberating troops at Sachsenhausen concentration camp in 1945. They discovered it on the body of a prisoner, Johann Stossier, a Jehovah's Witness, who died in Sachsenhausen shortly before the camp was liberated. The troops returned the Bible to his family. It is inscribed by his sister and her husband, who survived the war. After the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany in 1938, Jehovah's Witness literature was forbidden. The Watchtower Society, the administrative arm for the Jehovah Witnesses, had been banned in Germany since 1935. The religion was not banned but members were arrested for their refusal to be drafted or participate in any military work. Members in Austria knew that they would be persecuted for their refusal to accept the authority of any temporal power and many were arrested and executed or imprisoned because of their beliefs.

found:  1945 April
found: Sachsenhausen (Concentration camp); Oranienburg (Germany)
publication: Leipzig (Germany)
received: Austria
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Franz and Maria Wohlfahrt, in memory of Gregor Wohlfahrt, father, and Gregor Wohlfahrt, brother, and the Wohlfahrt and Stossier families
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 21:57:09
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