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Oral history interview with Annemarie Kusserow and Waldtraut Kusserow

Oral History | Accession Number: 1992.A.0124.29 | RG Number: RG-50.028.0029

Annemarie and Waldtraut Kusserow discuss their parents who became Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW) in 1921; being in a family of 11 children; the banning of the JW in Germany in the spring of 1933; the Kusserow family hiding JW literature in their house; the Gestapo searching the Kusserow home for forbidden literature 18 times; the arrest of their mother in 1935 the mother and her imprisonment in Krefeld, Germany; their mother’s refusal to renounce her faith, and her subsequent deportation to Ravensbrück concentration camp in 1943; their father’s first arrest in 1936, after which he was in and out of prison several times until 1940 when he was sent to a penitentiary until 1945; Annemarie’s imprisonment in a penitentiary; Waldtraut’s imprisonment in 1941; their other siblings who were sent to Dachau, Sachsenhausen, and Ravensbrück; two of their brothers who were executed; reuniting as a family in 1945; and people, including former Nazis, who began coming to the Kusserow family to obtain signed statements declaring their decency toward the JW during the war.


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Interviewee
Annemarie Küsserow
Interviewer
Robert Buckley
Date
interview:  1988 October 18
Language
German
Extent
2 videocassettes (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
 
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