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Willi Seitz papers

Document | Not Digitized | Accession Number: 1991.061 | RG Number: RG-32.008.01

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    Overview

    Description
    The Willi Seitz papers consist of photocopies of court records, a personal narrative, printed materials, and poems. The court records document his persecution for not participating in patriotic school activities The personal narrative documents his father’s experiences as a Jehovah’s Witnesses and political prisoner and his years in the Buchenwald concentration camp. Printed materials document Jehovah’s Witnesses, Buchenwald, and Salamo Arouch. The poems document the Buchenwald concentration camp.
    Date
    creation:  1937-1990
    Collection Creator
    Willi Seitz
    Biography
    Willi Seitz is a native of Karlsruhe, Germany, and a survivor of the Holocaust. He was expelled from a German school at age 13 or 14 for refusing to participate in patriotic school activities, give the Hitler salute, and salute the Nazi flag. A hearing before the juvenile court decided that he should be sent to the reform school in Flehingen for National Socialist indoctrination. To save Seitz from the reform school, his father, Franz Josef Seitz (1893-1952), transferred him to France and then Switzerland. Shortly after his son’s trial, Franz Josef Seitz, a Jehovah’s Witness, was arrested for distributing illegal publications and eventually imprisoned in Buchenwald concentration camp. Seitz was liberated in April 1945 and reunited with Willi soon after.

    Physical Details

    Language
    German English
    Extent
    1 folder
    System of Arrangement
    Arrangement is thematic

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Material(s) in this collection may be protected by copyright and/or related rights. You do not require further permission from the Museum to use this material. The user is solely responsible for making a determination as to if and how the material may be used.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    Karlsruhe (Germany)

    Administrative Notes

    Holder of Originals
    Mr. Willi Seitz
    Provenance
    Willi Seitz donated the Willi Seitz papers to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1991.
    Record last modified:
    2023-08-29 15:11:51
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