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Oral history interview with Lieselore Dietschi

Oral History | Accession Number: 1992.A.0124.14 | RG Number: RG-50.028.0014

Lieselore Dietschi, born June 12, 1922 in Bochum, Germany, describes her parents, who converted to the Jehovah's Witnesses (JW) in the 1920s; how she and her sister, Ruth, grew up as JW; how their father was the elder of their religious community and his religious standing led to repressions against the family, beginning in 1933; her father going into the underground to continue his work In 1935 and the family losing contact with him; her family being closely observed by the Gestapo; witnessing her mother’s arrest by the Gestapo in 1936 and being left alone to care for her sister; how her mother was severely beaten and returned unable to care for her children properly; the arrest of her father 1937 and his imprisonment in Berlin until 1942; suffering in school under a Nazi principal, who threatened her and her sister on a daily basis, and cruel students, who despised them for refusing to give the Hitler salute; receiving compensation after the war; and being liberated by the arrival of U.S. troops in May 1945.

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Dietschi, Lieselore
Buckley, Robert
interview:  1991 July 20
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2022-06-23 09:42:53
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