The Muscatine (IA) News-Tribune, 07 Apr 1945, page 8 column 2
i £; j \s ':,f: ; Refugee To Give Talk Tuesday At Tabernacle Oscar Stern, Czechoslovakia, refugee from who spent over seven months in a nazi dungeon, will be presented in a program at the Muscatine Tabernacle, Sixth and Cedar streets, at 7:30 p. m. Tuesday. The public is invited to this meeting and there will be no admission charge. An open forum will be held after the main address. Stern landed in New York on March 4, 1940. His wife is still in Germany. He was born in_Carlsbad, then part of Austria, and came to America in 1902, retrning to Carlsbad in 1912 when the first World War broke out. He was drafted into the Austrian army and severely wounded in battle with the Russians. After the war, Stern became director of an insurance business in Germany, East Prussia, was deacon of a Protestant church for many years and was so firmly established in the community that even after the nazi ascendancy, he was permitted to go unmolested for some time. In 1936 he was arrested by a member of the Gestapo. He was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment. He suffered a paralytic stroke but after seven months he was able to walk with the aid of two canes and managed to flee from the hospital where he had been taken. Stern fled to Belgium and from there to England, later coming to this country.