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Shot after liberation

A document in the ITS archives states that Josef Küstrin, a Yugoslavian forced labourer in agriculture, was shot dead “on 15 April 1945, probably by a SS man in the woods” around Twiste near Bad Arolsen – that is several days after the US Army had freed the region. His mortal remains were not discovered until some months later. His partner Antonia Ticar from Czechoslovakia was found in Nieder-Waroldern, a place seven kilometres (4,5 miles) away. She had been murdered the same day. The two left a baby aged five months – fate unknown.

(, ITS Digital Archive, Bad Arolsen)