Oscar Stern, Abilene (TX) Reporter-News, 2 Jan 1946, page 6, column 3
attack the knew actually evidence all he Ben Mrs is move OSCAR STERN Victim of Gestapo Torture, Christian Jew, to Speak Here Oscar Stern, 59-year-old Christian Christian Jew who was sentenced to months in prison for repeating a Hermann Goering joke in hearing of a Gestapo agent, will speak Thursday evening beginning at 7:30 o'clock at . the Pentecostal church, 741 South llth, the announced today. Prisoners in Stern's cell in a dungeon near Konigsberg, East Prussia, were supposed to face wall, away from the door, when they heard the key rattle in the lock, Stern relates. He is deaf in one ear as result of a wound suffered while a soldier on the Austrian Austrian army on the eastern front during World War I. He reported that on one occasion he thought his name was called as he was his cell. When he turned he was struck across the mouth with i trucheon, knocking out most of teeth. He arrived at New York March 4. 1940, after serving his prison sentence given by the Nazis. "You don't know what you iave here in this country." Stern is quoted as saying. "You. who al ways have had it, can't know." There is only one thing he wants now. he declared. That is to get his wife out of Germany. Born in Carlsbad, then part of Austria, he came to America in 1902. when he was 15. He was verted to Christianity in a Salva tion Army meeting in New City. He returned to Carlsbad in 1912. when the World War brok out. He was drafted into the AUJ trian Army and was severer} wounded in battle with the Ru sians. After the war Mr. Stern became director of an insurance busines in Germany, East-Prussia, wa deacon of a Protestant church many years, and so firmly estab lished himself in the communit that even after the Nazi ascend ency he was permitted to go molested for some time.