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Oral history interview with Paul Gerhard Kusserow

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

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

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.

Interviewee
Paul G. Kusserow
Interviewer
Robert Buckley
Date
1989 September 01  (interview)
Language
German
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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