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Forgotten Victims Of The Nazis Jehovah's Witnesses

Updated on February 17, 2012

Victims Of The Nazis Jehovas Witness

 The Jehovahs witnesses became victims of the Nazis because their religion stated that ‘as soldiers of Jehovah they would not bare arms for any nation.

In April 1933 four months after Hitler had came to power and announced himself as chancellor of Germany, Jehovahs witnesses were banned in Bavaria and by summer of the same year most of Germany had followed suite.

Twice in 1933 police in Germany occupied the witnesses offices and headquarters confiscating printing presses and religious literature in Magdeburg, Hitler was infuriated by the Jehovahs Witnesses as they refused to fight or bare arms for their country as depicted by their religion.

Furthermore in 1934 the witnesses went as far as to defy the Nazi party by sending a letter to Hitler personally `stating their religious beliefs and their refusal to bare arms or cooperate’.

That was one act to far and Hitler had them beaten up and arrested, thrown into prisons and concentration camps, for it . In the concentration camps the Jehovahs Witnesses had one advantage that most other inmates did not and this was that they could leave their captivity at any time if they signed a decree renouncing their religion and making them eligible to fight in the name of Nazism. Few did and most of the witnesses remained in the camps until the liberation, still defying the Nazis and converting other inmates, many died through hunger, cold and disease, aswell as the brutal treatment that they received from the guards but through out their confinement they never lost their faith.

The Jehovahs Witnesses suffered persecution under the Nazi regime, we know that they were incarcerated in prisons and concentration camps, their sufferings from the Nazis was one of the bravest and courageous acts of defiance against Hitler that is known and how they never lost their faith and beliefs regardless of the horrific and harsh treatment they received , they refused to comply to Hitlers laws or see him as a leader in place of Jehovah and they defied him still in the face of death, their dedication to their religion is to be admired and respected.

It is known that many young men of the Jehovahs Witnesses were court marshalled and executed for not registering or joining the german army.

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      theTileNinja 

      6 years ago

      I just bought a Triple Five Soul Jacket off of eBay, and even when I first bid on it, I thought it sort of looked like a prison uniform. Just today I came up with the notion of sewing a purple triangle of fabric on it like my brothers in WWII in Germany, in leu of getting a tattoo, which would be contrary to my faith. I just might do this! Maybe in addition to some others... we'll see

    • calpol25 profile imageAUTHOR

      Callum 

      6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Hi joy thanks, I needed a new look :) xx

    • Joy56 profile image

      Joy56 

      6 years ago

      hi love your new picture.....

    • calpol25 profile imageAUTHOR

      Callum 

      6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Thanks Joy :)

      Your right though its not a word you use every day and thanks for understanding too :)

    • Joy56 profile image

      Joy56 

      6 years ago

      no i didn't so many people spell it wrong, it is not a word people use everyday really is it...... I know you are not a disrespectful kind of person, i have worked that out by now.....

    • calpol25 profile imageAUTHOR

      Callum 

      6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      I hope you did not think I was being disrespectful and I must apologize for the spelling next time I shall be more care full and thanks again for pointing it out :)

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      Joy56 

      6 years ago

      yeah.... apparantly only the consanants were used which was YHWH.... and the vowels we put in ourselves.... but in England i think this is the way it is usually spelt.... x

    • calpol25 profile imageAUTHOR

      Callum 

      6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      There are that many different ways to spell it... But at least its right now :) xx

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      Joy56 

      6 years ago

      i appreciate it thanks.... yes i suppose we all suffer from time for our beliefs, and life styles. Great you have the speelling right now.... x

    • calpol25 profile imageAUTHOR

      Callum 

      6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      Thank you Joy56 I will correct the spelling immediately.

      Your welcome for this hub, you see all though Jehovah's and Gay people get bad publicity now and again we have suffered together in the past and the present and I felt that I had to write this for them :) x

      The Jehovah's were extremely brave and deserve the respect and admiration of people today for the defiance against Hitler :)

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      Joy56 

      6 years ago

      brilliant.... thanks for pointing it out..... I saw the other triangles, we had a purple triangle..... Not being picky but the title should read.... Jehovah's Witnesses. I dont know if it is your belief, but many believe the god of the bible is Jehovah. They would like to see it spelt correctly..... thanks for this hub, it is really encouraging, to see that we dont only get bad publicity, even though we are a bit of a nuisance at times to people.

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      Callum 

      8 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

      It is dreadful but at least if the truth is told about the past then the future wont repeat its self xx x

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      Isabelle22 

      8 years ago from Somewhere on the coastline

      It shockens me to pieces when I think of what the Nazis did to JW's and to every other poor soul, like the jews, who were persecuted. This is not humanity.

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