The martyred Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 – 1945) was arrested in 1943 in connection with anti-Nazi activities. He was interred in Buchenwald for two months in the winter of 1945 and eventually transferred to Flossenbürg. He was arrested in 1943 in connection with anti-Nazi activities.
Father Otto Neururer (1882 – 1940), an Austrian Roman Catholic parish priest in the town of Götzens became the first priest to die in a Nazi concentration camp. He had advised a young girl not to marry a divorced man of questionable reputation. Unfortunately that divorced man was a close, personal friend of the Nazi party leader in the area. Neururer was subsequently arrested by the Gestapo on December 15, 1938 for ‘slander to the detriment of German marriage.’ He was jailed first in Innsbruck, then Dachau, and in September 1939 transferred to Buchenwald.
Pastor Paul Schneider, (1897 – 1939) an evangelical minister became the first Protestant minister to be martyred by the Nazis. He refused to salute Hitler on his birthday in 1938 and endured many brutal months of mistreatment in Buchenwald before dying following torture.
The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend. (Arabic and Chinese proverbs.)
Beginning in 1941, the Germans put about 10,000 Soviet POWs in Auschwitz and then about 5,000 in Birkenau. According to international law, they were not supposed to be sent to concentration camps. But the Germans didn’t give a damn and ignored it. Then everyone tried to make money on them by killing them. Germans were free to make money by killing them. But I was a witness.