Oscar Stern, The Courier News (Blythevile, AR), 06 May 1942, page 9, column 4 and 5
Fugitive Says German Youths Will Try To Carry On Hilterism CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo., May 6.—Oscar Stern, escaped prisoner from Czechoslovakia and refugee from a Hitler torture dungeon, told a large crowd here Sunday night at the Baptist Church that "The Allies will win the war, but when it is over, Hitler, will not die. So long as there lives any of modern-clay German youth, who had been taught since cradlchood to think, act and live for Hitler and the Nazi party, Hitler will live." Born and reared in Czechoslovakia, Czechoslovakia, the son of orthodox Jewish parents, the squat, thick-set refugee refugee first came to America at i the age of 15 to visit an aunt and uncle. Attracted by the Salva- jtion Army and its teachings, he oined a Protcslant church. Served With Austrians He served with Austrian forces against Russia in the first world >var, and when it was ended he married a genHle and settled in Jermany, ultimately becoming the head of an insurance firm. In 1938 when Hitler began his persecution persecution of the Jewish race, Mr. Stern and his wife were asked to sever their membcship with the Baptist Church in their home town, for fear Hitler would persecute persecute the cntin; church membership membership to "get even" for Stern being a member. On a strain one day on a business business trip. Stern told 'a joko about Hitler and Herman Goering, and was overheard by an undercover Gestapo agent. Arriving at his destination, ho was arrested and within four hours, wns found guilty and sentenced to n year. Imprisoned Imprisoned in an umirrground torture dungeon, Stern saw hundreds of prisoners tortured and finally dragged dragged out to be -shot. After sevon months, suffering constantly from nervous exhaustion, stern suffered a stroke and v:as taken above generation been drilled Lo think, act and live for Hitler, that children children often "inform" on their own parcnUs, knowing when they did so that their parents would be punished, imprisoned, or killed. 7"hc older people of Germany, Mr. Stern said, did not want this war and constantly hope for Hitler's Hitler's death, and the end of hi.s brutal reign. To substantiate this statement, Mr. Stern pointed to the many "purges" ordered by Hitler Hitler in Germany, and adjacent countries over which he is ruler. The people boiiv; purged arc elderly people opposed to Hitler and Nazism, and who had finally been ferreted out by the Gestapo and killed to keep thorn from spreading spreading additional discontent and unrest. unrest. ground for Sunday, he hospitalization. One managed to min«Ic Attends Convention B. A. Lynrh. president of the Farmers Bank and Trust Co., left Sunday for Tint, Springs, where he is attending a mooting of the Arkansas Arkansas division of the American Bankers' Association. Mr. Lynch is a past president of this organization. organization. with visitors who came to tho hospital, hospital, and effected his escape. Says Youth to Carry On Mr. Stern said it would be a generation after the war is over before Hitlerism and Nazism are dead. So .strongly have German boys and girls of the present Willie Lee Williams, Dyess Boy, A Casualty Willie Leo Williams, son of Clyde Williams of Dyess, was killed in action sometime during the first four months of the war, according according to an announcement issued issued yesterday by the U. S. Navy Department. How Young Williams met his death, and where, was not revealed in the announcement.