On June 20, 1937 Jehovah’s Witnesses who had not been arrested by the gestapo and put in the concentration camps distributed nationwide in Germany a
pamphlet that detailed the persecution that they were facing. It gave detailed names of officials of the gestapo involved in their arrests, it gave
times, and places. The gestapo was appalled at the organization involved in exposing what they were doing.
The booklet Face The Facts
written out of a drive of love for their fellowman was printed in 1938 and exposed the claims of Hitler that his
“Third Reich” would lead to God’s thousand-year-reign on earth. In part it stated:
“We must tell the truth and give the warning…We recognize the totalitarian government . . . as the product of Satan brought forth as the
substitute for God’s kingdom.”
In the same year of 1938 a resolution entitled Warning!
was adopted at a convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Seattle, Washington , USA. In
part it stated:
: “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.”
During those years the President of the Watchtower Society, known as Judge Rutherford, took to the airwaves regularly to speak out against the
horrible nature of the Nazi government. On October 2, 1938, he delivered the radio address, “Fascism or Freedom,” [You can hear the radio
broadcast here: archive.org...
I urge you to take the time to do so.] In part he boldly proclaimed:
“In Germany the common people are peace-loving…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.”
This was a very powerful expose of Hitler. Please take the time to listen to this broadcast, and consider the facts as they were exposed, even before
World War II even started!
The Nazi could not stand how utterly Jehovah’s Witnesses were exposing what they were trying to do in private, they stepped up their persecution of
Jehovah’s people in Nazi controlled Europe. The May 15, 1940 issue of Consolation
stepped up its attack of that wicked ruler stating:
“Hitler is such a perfect child of the Devil that these speeches and decisions flow through him like water through a well-built
And while it is true that the general public was kept ignorant of the holocaust being perpetrated in the heart of Nazi controlled Europe until after
the war, it is not because of the silence of Jehovah’s Witnesses. We exposed their camps early and constantly.
in 1938 told of experiments of poison gas at Dachau. By 1940 had named 20 different camps and exposed their
Again, how did Jehovah’s Witnesses have such intimate knowledge of the concentration camps? It is because by the start of World War II over 6,000
were already in them. German historian Detlef 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.”
June 1940, 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.”
The same magazine in 1943 stated:
“Whole nations like the Greeks, Poles and Serbs are being exterminated systematically.”
By 1946, the end of World War II, Jehovah’s Witnesses had published information identifying 60 different prisons and concentration camps in Nazi
The book The Theory and Practice of Hell
stated about Jehovah’s Witnesses uncompromising love that could not be broken by the cruel yolk of
“One cannot escape the impression that, psychologically speaking, the SS was never quite equal to the challenge offered them by Jehovah’s
Historian Christine King, chancellor of Staffordshire University in England, described the opponents in the conflict:
“One [the Nazis] enormous, powerful, seemingly invincible. One [the Witnesses] very, very tiny . . . with only their faith, no other weapon . .
. Jehovah’s Witnesses brought morally to their knees the might of that Gestapo power.”
EXPSOING EXISTENCE OF THE CAMPS
Although Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Dachau, and Sachsenhausen were names unknown to most people until after World War II, they were well known to
readers of The Golden Age and Consolation. The reports of Jehovah’s Witnesses, smuggled out of the camps at great risk and publicized in Watch Tower
literature, exposed the murderous intent of the Third Reich.
– Awake! 8/22 1995.
In 1938 the book entitled Crusade Against Christianity
was published in French, German, and Polish. It documented very meticulously the
attacks by the Nazi on the Witnesses and included diagrams the Sachsenhausen and Esterwegen concentration camps.
Nobel prize winner Dr. Thomas Mann 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
EFFORTS TO DENY HOLOCAUST PREDEICTED
After World War II on September 26, 1945 the magazine Consolation
gave a very enlightened prediction about future attempts to deny the
holocaust, under the article “Has Nazism Been Destroyed?”:
“Propagandists think the people have short memories. It is their intention to erase past history, presenting themselves in the modern disguise
of benefactors, their incriminating record being covered up…Until Jehovah does fight Armageddon, Nazism will continue to raise its ugly
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