Jehova Witnesses at Auschwitz

Discussion in 'The Holocaust' started by chrisdoughty28, Nov 24, 2013.

  1. chrisdoughty28

    chrisdoughty28 Junior Member

    I have read that there were over 3000 Jehova Witnesses in Auschwitz. Where any other christian sects like the Amish etc treated in the same way.
    Chris
     
  2. Blutto

    Blutto Plane Mad

    Although any persecution is reprehensible, I wouldn't afford that persuasion as being in a religious context such as the Amish or other recognized and valid religious group.
     
  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    hello Chris
    have a look at the links below.


    Jehovah's Witnesses

    Every European country, even Germany, had those who did not believe in the Nazi ideology and who were willing to die for their beliefs. Perhaps no other group stood so firmly in their beliefs as the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Hitler felt particularly threatened by this strong group of Christians because they, from the very beginning, refused to recognize any God other than Jehovah.
    When asked to sign documents of loyalty to the Nazi ideology, they refused. Jehovah’s Witnesses were forced to wear purple armbands and thousands were imprisoned as “dangerous” traitors because they refused to take a pledge of loyalty to the Third Reich.

    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/jehovah.html
    http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/NonJewishVictims.html


    regards
    Clive
     
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  4. chrisdoughty28

    chrisdoughty28 Junior Member

    Many thanks Clive I read both the links and my understanding improves.
    Best Regards.
    Chris
     
  5. Our bill

    Our bill Well-Known Member

    Clive Thanks for the links. Elsie
     
  6. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    As said,Jehovah's Witnesses were persecuted by the Nazis from when they took power in January 1933.Seen as "undesirables",they quickly became one of the first types of inmates when the concentration camps were first open.

    I think it was Yeo Thomas,from his experience,who declared that Jehovah's Witnesses were the few types who were steadfast in their principles while incarcerated.
     
  7. Bernard85

    Bernard85 WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    good day cl1,yesterday.03:52.re:je hova witnesses at Auschwitz,yesterday.03:52pm.had a look at your links.very informative,i am not a fan of jehova witnesses but you have to hand to them for courage,not signing up to adolf and his crew.they could of had it easy.a lot were murdered in the camps.thanks for posting regards bernard85
     

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