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Oral history interview with Charles Schuster

Oral History | Accession Number: 1992.A.0124.70 | RG Number: RG-50.028.0070

Charles Schuster, born on August 3, 1920 in Algrange, Moselle, France, describes Jehovah’s Witness resistance to Nazi occupation; being drafted in 1943 into “Service du travail obligatoire”; completing the training, reporting to the base, and refusing to serve; being arrested; being imprisoned in Marne, Rellinghausen, Münster, and finally in Essen, all in Westfalen, where he was sentenced to four years of hard labor; being sent to hard labor camp in Langenberg; being assigned to a factory making pre-fabricated housing; the attempts by the Gestapo to force him to say “Heil Hitler” and the biblical references that forbade him to do so; experiencing harassment from the Gestapo but eventually being left alone; being liberated on April 1, 1945; and returning to Lille, France by a prisoner convoy on April 15, 1945.


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Interviewee
Charles Schuster
Interviewer
Robert Buckley
Date
interview:  1994 May 17
Language
French
Extent
1 videocassette (Betacam SP).