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Personal story: Deliana Rademakers

Deliana Rademakers was a Jehovah's Witness who was arrested while she was doing her house-to-house preaching work. She was imprisoned for a brief time in several Dutch prisons and afterwards deported to Auschwitz via Ravensbrück concentration camp. On 20 November 1942, she was registered as prisoner number 25563.
In her farewell letter she wrote that she hopes to be liberated before Psalm 18:5 is fulfilled.
The psalm refers to imminent death.
Greetings to Mother, she wrote, which refers to her religious denomination and her fellow brothers and sisters. Proceed with courage and without fear, Jehovah is with us, what can a mortal being do to us? Jehovah's Witnesses were persecuted by the Nazis for their objection of principle to serve in the army, to work in the weapon industry, or to say Heil Hitler. During the occupation of the Netherlands, twenty Jehovah's Witnesses were deported to Auschwitz.


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  1. Portrait: Deliana Rademakers
    Collection of the Watch Tower Bible and Track Society of Emmen
  2. Camp photo: Deliana Rademakers in Auschwitz
    Collection of the Watch Tower Bible and Track Society of Emmen
  3. Farewell letter and death certificate of Deliana Rademakers, member of Jehovah’s Witnesses (1923 -1942)
    Collection of the Watch Tower Bible and Track Society of Emmen
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