posted on Jul, 19 2012 @ 04:49 AM
Jehovah's Witnesses were seen as a subversive Cult, however they were not rounded up en masse, but were individuals tried and convicted of crimes,
generally refusal to join the Military, and were sent to the Political Correction Camps within Germany, such as Dachau...in itself that is no
differnant than occured in the Western Democracies were those deemed subversives, enemy nationals, political objectors were also incarcarated.
Throughout the relevant period 1,400 are considered to have died within the Camp System, the majority undoubtably toward the end of the war when the
Camps fell into terrible condition and malnutrition/disease were rampant.
When Germany reintroduced universal military service in 1935, Jehovah's Witnesses generally refused to enroll. Although they were not
pacifists, they refused to bear arms for any political power. The Nazis prosecuted Jehovah's Witnesses for failing to report for conscription and
arrested those who did missionary work for undermining the morale of the nation. John Conway, a British historian, stated that they were “against
any form of collaboration with the Nazis and against service in the army
Of the 25,000 to 30,000 Germans who in 1933 were Jehovah's Witnesses, an estimated 20,000 remained active through the Nazi period. The
remainder fled Germany, renounced their faith, or confined their worship to the family. Of those remaining active, about half were convicted and
sentenced at one time or another during the Nazi era for anywhere from one month to four years, with the average being about 18 months. Of those
convicted or sentenced, between 2,000 to 2,500 were sent to concentration camps, as were a total of about 700 to 800 non-German Witnesses (this figure
includes about 200-250 Dutch, 200 Austrians, 100 Poles, and between 10 and 50 Belgians, French, Czechs, and Hungarians).
The number of Jehovah's Witnesses who died in concentration camps and prisons during the Nazi era is estimated at 1,000 Germans and 400 from other
countries, including about 90 Austrians and 120 Dutch. (The non-German Jehovah's Witnesses suffered a considerably higher percentage of deaths than
their German co-religionists.) In addition, about 250 German Jehovah's Witnesses were executed -- mostly after being tried and convicted by military
tribunals -- for refusing to serve in the German military.
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