The Victims Of The Holocaust

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Many victims of the Holocaust, regardless of race, endured the same unethical punishment for having what the Nazi’s believed to be wrong beliefs. Though Jewish people were the main target by the Nazi’s, groups such as homosexuals, Gypsies, and Jehovah’s Witnesses were also targeted. Locations that these people were imprisoned in varied from prisons to killing camps. There were multiple concentration camps, but certain ones had a greater importance due to their location, such as Sachsenhausen and Dachau, which were both located in Germany, which was where Hitler wished to rid the Jews from. Many prisoners of these concentration camps suffered the same fate, but it is important to know as many of their stories as possible. Karl-Heinz Kusserow, a Jehovah’s Witness during the Holocaust, faced imprisonment for refusing German authorities, faced hardships of the Sachsenhausen and Dachau concentration camps, and was released from Dachau in 1945. Being of German nationality may have been of aid for prisoners during the Holocaust, but it did not for Kusserow. Kusserow was born a Lutheran but later became a Jehovah’s Witness, following his parents’ conversion. His family held Bible studies for other Jehovah’s Witnesses, illegally, in their own home. The Kusserow family moved to Bad Lippspringe in late 1920 or early 1921, after Karl-Heinz’s father finished serving in World War I, ironically, to the German army. In this new home, the Kusserow’s continued to hold Bible studies.
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