posted on Jul, 27 2010 @ 02:47 AM
The resolution Warning! adopted in 1938 at a convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Seattle, Washington said:
“The Fascists and Nazis, radical political organizations, have wrongfully seized control of many countries of Europe . . . All the people will be
regimented, all their liberties taken away, and all will be compelled to yield to the rule of an arbitrary dictator and then the ancient Inquisition
will be fully revived.”
Rutherford regularly took to the radio waves to deliver powerful lectures on the satanic nature of Nazism. Those lectures were rebroadcast globally
and were printed for distribution by the millions.
On October 2, 1938 Rutherford delivered a discourse entitled “Fascism or Freedom” and strongly denounced Hitler.
“In Germany the common people are peace-loving,” Rutherford proclaimed. “The Devil has put his representative Hitler in control, a man who is of
unsound mind, cruel, malicious and ruthless . . . He cruelly persecutes the Jews because they were once Jehovah’s covenant people and bore the name
of Jehovah, and because Christ Jesus was a Jew.”
On May 15, 1940 Consolation stated: “Hitler is such a perfect child of the Devil that these speeches and decisions flow through him like
water through a well-built sewer.”
Although most people were largely unaware of the existence of the concentration camps until after the war descriptions were written Jehovah’s
Witness publications in the 1930’s.
In 1937 Consolation talked of experiments with poison gas at Dachau. By 1940 the Jehovah’s Witnesses had published the names of over 20
different camps and exposed their unspeakable conditions.
Jehovah’s Witnesses were familiar with them because they were among the first in the camps. A German historian Detlef Garbe estimated that the
witnesses made up 5 to 10 percent of camp population. Garbe stated: : “Of the 25,000 persons who admitted to being Jehovah’s Witnesses at the
beginning of the Third Reich, about 10,000 were imprisoned for any length of time. Of these, over 2,000 were admitted to concentration camps. This
means that the Jehovah’s Witnesses were, with the exception of the Jews, the worst persecuted by the SS of all the religious based groups.”
In 1940 Consolation stated: “There were 3,500,000 Jews in Poland when Germany began its Blitzkrieg . . . , and if reports which reach the
Western world are correct their destruction seems well under way.”
In 1943, Consolation noted: “Whole nations like the Greeks, Poles and Serbs are being exterminated systematically.” By 1946, The Golden
Age and Consolation[i/] had identified 60 different prison and concentration camps.
The names Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Dachau, and Sachsenhausen were familiar names with the readers of publications of the Jehovah’s Witnesses before
the War ended. The reports smuggeled out of the camps at great peril exposed the murderous intent of the Third Reich.
In 1933 the Golden Age carried the first of the many reports of the reality of these concentration camps. And in 1938 the book Crusade
Against Christianity was published in French, German, and Polish. Within it was carefully documented the cruel and vicious assult on the
Witnesses by the Nazi and included diagrams of Sachsenhausen and Esterwegen concentration camps.
The nobel prize winning Dr. Thomas Man wrote: : “I have read your book and its terrible documentation with deepest emotion. I cannot describe the
mixed feeling of abhorrence and loathing which has filled my heart while perusing these records of human degradation and abominable cruelty. . . . To
keep quiet would serve only the moral indifference of the world . . . You have done your duty in publishing this book and bringing these facts to