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April 11, 2010

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JJ2014

It is an insult to SINGLE OUT for memorialization the handful of anti-societal trouble-seeking Jehovah's Witnesses alongside the FIVE MILLION Non-Jewish Holocaust victims given that Jehovah's Witnesses view some of those fellow victims (Homosexuals, Gypsies, etc. ) much as did the Nazis. Additionally, of the 5,000,000 Non-Jewish Holocaust victims, Jehovah's Witnesses constituted the LEAST number of all -- less than 1300 persons.

It is ESPECIALLY an insult to memorialize the handful of anti-societal trouble-seeking Jehovah's Witnesses alongside the SIX MILLION Jewish Holocaust victims given that Jehovah's Witnesses view the Jews much as did the Nazis.

The WatchTower Cult teaches its own version of "replacement theology", which says that GOD rejected the Jews as His "chosen people", and replaced them with today's "Jehovah's Witnesses". In fact, the title "Jehovah's Witnesses" was originally applied to the Jews by the Prophet Isaiah, and is even quoted on the wall at the entrance to the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. The WatchTower Society, in calling its own members "Jehovah's Witnesses" is attempting to steal that designation away from the Jews. The WatchTower Cult even teaches that all of the Bible's promises of restoration for the Jewish people now belongs to the followers of the Cult.

There were only approximately 6000 Jehovah's Witnesses in Germany during the 1930s-40s. While many of those 6000 German JWs were repeatedly arrested during the 1930s and 1940s, only a fraction were jailed or imprisoned for any significant length of time. Only about 200-300 German JWs lost their lives, and the majority of those died from any number of causes other than having been executed. Approximately 1000 JWs from other European countries lost their lives while incarcerated by the Nazis.

During that same time period, there were more Jehovah's Witnesses arrested and jailed in the United States than in Germany. In fact, from 1941 until 1945, approximately 4500 American Jehovah's Witnesses "elected" to go to prison rather than serve in the U.S. Military and go fight against those same Nazis who were committing those atrocities. Approximately 3000 of those 4500 American JWs were even offered "conscientious objector" status, in which they were offered "non-combatant" work as a substitute, but 99% of those JWs refused to even help that much.

Kittredge Cherry

I expected that some might feel it was an insult to memorialize the GAY victims of the Holocaust when the Jewish losses were so much greater. But no, it’s the part about the Jehovah’s Witnesses that proves controversial. JJones offers some interesting food for thought.

I agree that it’s important not to downplay the impact of the Holocaust on Jews. That’s why the first line of this post refers only to the 6 million Jews who were killed.

Wendy Tippens

I agree the Jewish people experienced by far the greatest losses during Hitler's rule, but extermination of ANY group of individuals simply because a particular group doesn't conform or "fit" into what the majority deems proper or ideal is equally wrong. Whether it be 6 million or 6; it's wrong. We are all God's children, or brothers and sisters or "life." Reguardless, of religious beliefs, or lack thereof, sexual preference, socioeconomic standing, disabilities or national orgin; everyone deserves to be able to be who they are without fear.

Kittredge Cherry

Well said, Wendy!

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