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Kurt Gerstein is a anti Nazi who was born on August 11 1905 in Munster Germany When Kurt was young he was taught by his father to follow orders without question When Kurt grew up he attended college and became involved in Christian Youth He graduated in 1931 as a mining engineer but remained very active in the youth groups especially the Federation of German Bible Circles which was banned in 1934 On January 30 1935 Kurt attended an anti Christian play Wittenkind At one point in the play he stood up and shouted This is unheard of We shall not allow our faith to be publicly mocked without protest Rosenberg 2003 for this statement he was given a black eye and had several teeth knocked out On September 26 1936 Gerstein was arrested and imprisoned for anti Nazi activities He attached anti Nazi letters to invitations that were sent out to members of the German Miners Association Kurts house was searched Anti Nazi letters were found issued by Confessional Church All ready to be mailed with 7000 addressed envelopes After the arrest Kurt was officially excluded from the Nazi party and lost his job in the mines Not able to get a job Kurt went back to school and studied theology at Tubingen then Transferred to the Protestant Missions Institute to study medicine After a 2 year engagement Gerstein then married Elfriede Bensch a pastors daughter on August 31 1937 Bennett 2 July 14 1938 Gerstein was again arrested and transferred to the Walzheim Concentration camp and became extremely depressed Several times I came within an ace of hanging myself of putting an end to my life in some other way because I hadnt the faintest idea if or when I should ever be released from that concentration camp Rosenberg 2003 Kurt was then officially released on June 22 1939 1941 Kurts sister in law Bertha Ebeling died mysteriously at the Hadamar Mental
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