Living conditions got much worse as the war expanded. Prisoners from all of Europe overloaded the camps. Non-Jewish prisoners who could speak German and who had been in camp for a long time became foremen. Some Jehovah’s Witnesses had been incarcerated even before the war. Because the camp supervisors noted their honesty and non-violent behavior, they gained some key positions, serving as barbers, electricians, and orderlies for the SS.