Doughboy Souviner German M16 Painted Helmet. Front features a folk art doughboy above which is painted "Sept 12th 1918 St Mihiel", top exhibits a waving flag under the legend " Worlds War 1914-1918 11th Mo. 11th Day 11th Hour". MichToy Collection
Wilhelm Kusserow 1940: Germany had been at war since September 1939 and Wilhelm had been arrested for refusing induction into the German army, adhering strictly to the commandment, "Thou shalt not kill." For Wilhelm, God's law came before Hitler's laws. The judge and prosecutor tried to change his mind. They offered to rescind his execution order if he renounced his "evil and destructive" beliefs. Wilhelm refused. The court sentenced him to death.
Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Zakynthos -- During WWII the German commander occupying the island demanded from Mayor Lucas Carrer a list of the Jew that live on the island. Met. Chrysostomos attempted to negotiate with the occupying forces but the demand is made for the names. Met. Chrysostomos writes on a piece of paper his own name and gives it to the German commander. "Here is a list of the Jews you're required." Due to the efforts of the Metropolitan and the mayor, all 275 Jews were…
French Witness Marcel Sutter, age 23, beheaded in Halle/Saale, wrote in November 1943 at Torgau prison: My dearly beloved parents and sisters, When you receive this letter, I will no longer be alive. Only a few hours separate me from my death. I ask you to be strong and courageous; do not cry, for I have conquered. I have finished the course and kept the faith. A wonderful example.