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Oral history interview with Paul Gerhard Kusserow

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1992.A.0124.31 | RG Number: RG-50.028.0031

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    Oral history interview with Paul Gerhard Kusserow


    Interview Summary
    Paul Kusserow, born in 1931, discusses his parents Franz and Hida Kusserow, who were Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW); his memories from the period of 1933 to 1939; the persecution of his parents and siblings; experiencing persecution in school; the Gestapo searching their house for prohibited JW literature and his father’s arrest; being picked up by the police along with his brother, Hans Werner, and sister, Elizabeth, in 1939 and sent to a reform school in Dorsten; being transferred with his siblings several months later to a reform school in Nettelstadt and being separated from each other; the repeated attempts to make him renounce his faith and convictions, all of which he resisted; living and working on a farm from 1942-1945, under the observation of the local Nazi authorities; being secretly baptized in the summer of 1944; being liberated by the arrival of American troops in 1945; being taken to Wewelsburg by JW; and returning home to the surviving members of his family.
    Paul G. Kusserow
    Robert Buckley
    interview:  1989 September 01

    Physical Details

    1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Personal Name
    Kusserow, Paul Gerhard.

    Administrative Notes

    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Oral History Branch, in cooperation with Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, Inc. produced the interview with Paul Gerhard Kusserow on September 1, 1989.
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