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Oral history interview with Joseph Hisiger

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1992.A.0124.47 | RG Number: RG-50.028.0047

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    Oral history interview with Joseph Hisiger


    Interview Summary
    Joseph Hisiger, a Jehovah’s Witness born March 1, 1914 in Moselle, Germany (now France), discusses his Jehovah’s Witness faith; his incarceration and liberation; being drafted in 1939 by the French Army; his refusal to take up arms because of his religion; his release in July 1940, at which time Germany had conquered France; attending Bible study in secret; being arrested by the Gestapo after refusing to join the Nazi party or any other political entity; receiving his sentencing by the Sondergericht in Metz, France, which included three years of hard labor; his deportation to Zweibrücken, Germany to work in forced labor camps on German railways; the conditions in the camps and experiencing deprivation; his inability to converse with other prisoners because of his religion; writing down biblical passages on purloined scraps of paper; being liberated in April 1945; and the preservation of his beliefs and commitment to preaching the word of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
    Joseph Hisiger
    Robert Buckley
    interview:  1994 May 17

    Physical Details

    1 videocassette (Betacam SP).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Hisiger, Joseph, 1914-
    Corporate Name
    France. Army

    Administrative Notes

    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Oral History Branch, in cooperation with Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, Inc. produced the interview with Joseph Hisiger on May 17, 1994.
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