Searching for Peter Yosef Hasenstab - He was born April 18, 1897, in Gailbach - a district of the Kreisfreien Stadt Aschaffenburg. The only way I can find that he once lived, are from the scant records when he was a prisoner of war and entered Dachau Concentration Camp on Sept 16, 1937. I am unable to date, to find his parents.
I am positive he was not Jewish. Most of my Hasenstabs were Catholic. I do know he served in WW1 in Germany in the Artillery. Perhaps, he bravely resisted Nazism.
Dachau had the dubious distinction of being the first camp established (March 1933) after the Nazis came to power. Over its history, about 200,000 prisoners from thirty countries (the largest number from Poland) were registered in the main camp or its many sub-camps. It is estimated that 35,000 prisoners died in Dachau, tens of thousands were released at various times between 1933 and 1945, and thousands of others were liberated by American troops in April 1945. Even larger numbers of prisoners were transferred from Dachau elsewhere and this collection does not establish their ultimate fate. While tens of thousands of the prisoners were Jews, the overwhelming majority were imprisoned for other reasons.
Persons were imprisoned for a wide variety of reasons. The most common designation is Sch. (Schutzhäftling or protective prisoner) which was a catch-all designation with no real meaning. Bifo is an abbreviation for Bibel Forscher, or Jehovah’s Witness, while a P. Pf. (Polish Pfarrer) is a Polish minister or priest. “Z” designated a Zigeuner (gypsy) while a ZA was a Zwangs Arbeiter or forced laborer. And, of course, J stands for Jude or Jew.
On Sept 27, 1939, he was transferred to Mauthausen. The Mauthausen-Gusen camp was one of the first massive concentration camp complexes in Nazi Germany, and the last to be liberated by the Allies. The two main camps, Mauthausen and Gusen I, were labeled as "Grade III" (Stufe III) camps, which meant that they were intended to be the toughest camps for the "Incorrigible political enemies of the Reich"
Sept 27, 1939, is the last date I can find on Peter Josef Hasenstab.
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