Elizabeth Kusserow

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Elizabeth Kusserow

Birthplace: Bad Lippspringe, Detmold, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Franz Kusserow and Hilda Kusserow
Sister of Annemarie Kusserow; Wilhelm Kusserow; Siegfried Kusserow; Karl-Heinz Kusserow; Waltraud Kusserow and 5 others

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About Elizabeth Kusserow

Elizabeth Kusserow was a German adherent of the Jehovah's Witnesses who was persecuted for her faith during the Nazi regime. Her entire family was persecuted during the war, with most being imprisoned, sent to concentration camps, and/or executed.

As one of the three youngest children in a family of 11, Elizabeth was abducted from her school along with her two younger brothers and sent away to a reform school, where the Nazis hoped to break the children's faith and "re-Aryanize" them. After a few months, the school headmaster sent the children home after realizing they had no behavioral issues warranting detainment. The children were intercepted by the Gestapo on their way home and sent to live with foster families in the SS. They continued to refuse to renounce their faith or salute Hitler, and were eventually released after more than six years in Nazi custody.

Birth date from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; story based on personal recollections from older sister Magdalena.

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April 16, 1925
Bad Lippspringe, Detmold, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany