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"Jehovah's Witnesses' Untold Story of Resistance to Nazis"
The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 19961-10-6 | Joel P. Engardio,

Posted on 04/25/2013 2:16:56 PM PDT by count-your-change

"Unlike Jews and others targeted by the Nazis, the Witnesses were prisoners of conscience. They could have bought freedom by signing a declaration card that renounced their faith and pledged allegiance to Hitler. Few took the offer. Most stayed, and many died.

Why Hitler bothered to single out such a minor group - and the tenacity with which the Witnesses resisted him - is what makes their story significant, says Michael Berenbaum, director of the Research Institute at the US Holocaust Museum in Washington. "The Jehovah's Witnesses were literally the only martyrs of the Holocaust," Mr. Berenbaum says."

(Excerpt) Read more at centralprint.net ...


TOPICS: History; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: holocaust; jehovahswitnesses; nazi; prisoners; shoah
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Like early Christians who would not burn a pinch of incense to the Emperor this group would not compromise and aid the Nazi war machine in any way.

It's a story that should become more widely recognized and told.

1 posted on 04/25/2013 2:16:56 PM PDT by count-your-change
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To: count-your-change

It is utterly disgusting that someone named ‘Michael Berenbaum’ should be the person who diminishes the sacrifices and losses of Jews and Christians in the Holocaust by pronouncing Jehovah’s Witnesses as the only martyrs of that horrible crime.


2 posted on 04/25/2013 2:22:15 PM PDT by MeganC (You can take my gun when you can grab it with your cold, dead fingers.)
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To: count-your-change
JW is not Christianity.

But regardless, this statement "The Jehovah's Witnesses were literally the only martyrs of the Holocaust," Mr. Berenbaum.

I want to vomit.

3 posted on 04/25/2013 2:24:52 PM PDT by svcw (If you are dead when your heart stops, why aren't you alive when it starts.)
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To: count-your-change

... It is telling that even an evil man like Hitler knew the Jehovah’s Witnesses are a cult. Man!


4 posted on 04/25/2013 2:25:53 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion (Gone rogue, gone Galt, gone international, gone independent. Gone.)
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To: count-your-change

The Jehovah’s Witnesses were literally the only martyrs of the Holocaust,” Mr. Berenbaum says.

Well no, that statement couldn’t possibly offend anyone. Let alone, those whose families found themselves amongst the counted dead of some nearly 6million.


5 posted on 04/25/2013 2:28:37 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: count-your-change

There’s a local group of Jehova’s Witnesses that comes around regularly. Not trying to convert me, they know my fiance is Jewish. Just standing around discussing the world. Rhey’re eager for knowledge, I lend them books and they leave me stacks of magazines.

Works out well :).


6 posted on 04/25/2013 2:29:30 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: svcw

That’s because the JWs think they are only the special ones on EArth.


7 posted on 04/25/2013 2:29:57 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: MeganC

I think that what he meant was “the only group that resisted until martyrdom”.

Not the best phrasing.


8 posted on 04/25/2013 2:32:28 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: Hardraade; MeganC

Even that restatement is so far outside reality to make me want to vomit - again.


9 posted on 04/25/2013 2:35:21 PM PDT by svcw (If you are dead when your heart stops, why aren't you alive when it starts.)
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To: Hardraade

Mr. Berenbaum disgusts me. I’m not the most educated person in the world and I still know how to check the facts.

And there’s thousands of them:

http://www.yadvashemusa.org/martyrdom__resistance.html


10 posted on 04/25/2013 2:36:36 PM PDT by MeganC (You can take my gun when you can grab it with your cold, dead fingers.)
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To: MeganC

I thought I was going to get a story of how the Nazis would come a knocking on a JW’s door, and the JW’s wouldn’t let them in.


11 posted on 04/25/2013 2:37:14 PM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: svcw

You seem to have a reflux problem, as well as a mental one.

You sure you’re not a wahab?


12 posted on 04/25/2013 2:37:34 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: count-your-change
"The Jehovah's Witnesses were literally the only martyrs of the Holocaust," said the Anti-Semite

Millions of Jews who refused to renounce or lie about their faith who died at the hands of the Nazis are not "martyrs"?

13 posted on 04/25/2013 2:40:21 PM PDT by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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I think that what he meant was “the only group that resisted until martyrdom”.

But that wouldn't be accurate either. There were die-hard, born-again Christians who organized and opposed Hitler and the Nazis.

One well-known martyr was Dietrich Bonhoeffer. But there were MANY who gave their lives for their faith in resistance to the horrors of the Nazi Party. So if they meant what you said - they were still just as flawed.

14 posted on 04/25/2013 2:42:55 PM PDT by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: Hardraade

I have a problem with this guys claiming JWs were the only martyrs during WWII, I also have a problem that you don’t think his statement is vile.


15 posted on 04/25/2013 2:44:12 PM PDT by svcw (If you are dead when your heart stops, why aren't you alive when it starts.)
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To: count-your-change
As a group, JWs suffered far greater under the Nazis than mainstream Christians. This is because JWs resisted the Nazis in far greater percentages than did mainstream Christians.
16 posted on 04/25/2013 2:50:27 PM PDT by fso301
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To: TheBattman

True, but they were subgroups.

Now, of course, there are lots of subgroups out there with justifiiable pride in their resistance.


17 posted on 04/25/2013 2:51:20 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: TheBattman
There were die-hard, born-again Christians who organized and opposed Hitler and the Nazis.

But as a percentage of total mainstream Protestants or Catholics in the Third Reich, their numbers were small.

18 posted on 04/25/2013 2:51:48 PM PDT by fso301
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"The Jews were victims because their experience was not a matter of choice. But the Witnesses did have a choice. They are people to be respected for not giving in."

The article says:

"The Jews were victims because their experience was not a matter of choice. But the Witnesses did have a choice. They are people to be respected for not giving in."

I think he makes a technical distinction by saying Jews had no choice in the matter whereas JWs could have saved themselves by bowing down and worshiping Hitler, something they by and large refused to do.

19 posted on 04/25/2013 2:59:42 PM PDT by fso301
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To: TheBattman
Millions of Jews who refused to renounce or lie about their faith who died at the hands of the Nazis are not "martyrs"?

The author's point was the Jews had no choice in the matter, their fate was sealed. JWs on the other hand did have a choice. They could save themselves by bowing down and worshiping Hitler, something they largely refused to do and something that cannot be said of most mainstream Christians in Weimar Germany, or the Third Reich.

20 posted on 04/25/2013 3:04:54 PM PDT by fso301
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