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Oral history interview with Joseph Hiseger

Oral History | Accession Number: 1992.A.0124.21 | RG Number: RG-50.028.0021

Joseph Hiseger, born on March 1, 1914, in Algrange, France, in the Moselle, discusses his childhood as a Catholic; his pivotal meeting with a Jehovah's Witness who converted him; his disaffection with the Catholic Church; the strong influence on him of books depicting persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses; the 1937 Paris convention of Jehovah's Witnesses and a speech called "Armageddon" discussing the collaboration of Catholic Church and Nazis; his anger at Cardinal Innitzer who received a Nazi official in Austria with the Nazi salute; his anger about the ban on Jehovah Witness proselytizing in Alsace-Lorraine during the German occupation; the Jehovah Witness refusal to serve in the German Luftschutz; his devoted participation in distribution of anti-Catholic and anti-Nazi propaganda; his conscription into the French Army and his refusal to serve; his two years in prison in Thionville, France; his evacuation from this prison when the Germans took over; his imprisonment by the Germans; his release and return home; his re-arrest on March 19, 1942 when the Gestapo arrived at his home; his trial in Metz and sentence to three years hard labor; his transfer by train with 20 people to Zweibrucken, Germany; his work in a metals factory during his imprisonment; his barter of one month's food rations for a Protestant Bible; the difficult conditions in the camp; his memories of liberation and stay in an American hospital for 45 days; his return to Jehovah's Witnesses work; his trip to Nancy, France, in 1946 where he met his wife; his establishment of the Jehovah's first congregation in Metz; and the importance of his religion in all aspects of his life.

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Joseph Hiseger
Robert Buckley
interview:  1992 April 25
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2023-02-01 14:26:46
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