Karl-Heinz Kusserow

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Karl-Heinz Kusserow

Birthplace: Bochum, Arnsberg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Death: October 1946 (28)
Bad Lippspringe, Detmold, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (Holocaust - tuberculosis contracted at Dachau)
Immediate Family:

Son of Franz Kusserow and Hilda Kusserow
Brother of Annemarie Kusserow; Wilhelm Kusserow; Siegfried Kusserow; Waltraud Kusserow; Hildegard Kusserow and 5 others

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About Karl-Heinz Kusserow

Karl-Heinz Kusserow was a German adherent of the Jehovah's Witnesses who was arrested, imprisoned, and eventually sent to multiple concentration camps for expressing his faith. Following his death from tuberculosis he contracted at Dachau, Karl-Heinz became one of the most notable Witness victims of the Holocaust.

After his older brother Wilhelm was executed by firing squad for refusing to serve in the German army or take an oath to Hitler, Karl-Heinz offered a Witness prayer at the funeral. The Gestapo arrested him for the prayer, then tortured him for two months for refusing for to give the Nazi salute. He was transferred from prison to the concentration camp system, first at Sachsenhausen and then Dachau.

Karl-Heinz was liberated from Dachau in 1945, by which point he had already contracted tuberculosis. He was given medical treatment until June, when he had stabilized enough for a nurse to escort him home to Bad Lippspringe. The tuberculosis lingered until he succumbed to it at home in October 1946. Since his illness began in Dachau, he is remembered as a victim of the Holocaust.

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Karl-Heinz Kusserow's Timeline

December 7, 1917
Bochum, Arnsberg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
October 1946
Age 28
Bad Lippspringe, Detmold, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany