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    Jehovah's Witnesses, Anti-semitism and the Third Reich: (part 1) The Watch Tower Society's Attempted Compromise with Nazism

    Since the Second World War, the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society has taught Jehovah's Witnesses that while the German churches, both Catholic and Protestant, were guilty of compromise with Hitler and the Nazi Party, their German brethren, then commonly known as "Earnest Bible Students," stood solidly against the principles of the Third Reich. Because of the brave stand taken by most ordinary German Witnesses in the face of a terrible persecution that cost many of them their lives in Hitler's concentration camps, they have rightly been praised by secular historians-a fact which the Watch Tower Society has used to buttress its assertions.

    M. James Penton

    For example, The Watchtower magazine of October 1, 1984 (p. 8), reported the findings of Christine E. King and Michael Kater to the effect that the number of Witness imprisonments and deaths brought about by Nazi persecution had been greatly underestimated. Quoting Dr. King, it stated:

    "`Theological principles were adhered to; Witnesses remained "neutral," they were honest and completely trustworthy and as such, ironically, often found themselves employed as servants of the S.S.'"

    What has not generally been known either by most Jehovah's Witnesses or many independent scholars, however, is that while ordinary German Witnesses did generally maintain their integrity and commitment to their principles, their leaders--the Watch Tower's second president, Judge Joseph F. Rutherford , and the man who succeeded him in office in 1942, Nathan H. Knorr , plus high German Watch Tower officials-did not.
    Furthermore, Rutherford and his lieutenants tried to save the German arm of their movement by scapegoating the Jews and attacking Great Britain, the United States, and the League of Nations.
    During the first half of their history, the Bible Student-Jehovah's Witnesses were notable for their sympathy to the Jews. Even more than most late nineteenth- and twentieth-century American Protestant premillennialists, the Watch Tower's first president, Charles T. Russell , was a thoroughgoing supporter of Zionist causes. He refused to attempt the conversion of the Jews, believed in the Jewish resettlement of Palestine, and in 1910, led a New York Jewish audience in singing the Zionist anthem, Hatikva. <SUP>[1]</SUP>For more than a decade after Russell's death in 1916, Judge Rutherford followed in his footsteps.
    In 1925 he produced a small book entitled Restoration, based on a series of radio broadcasts he had given, and in 1926 he published a similar volume called Comfort for the Jews. In both, he proclaimed himself a friend of the Jewish people and asserted that Jewish migration to the ancient Holy Land was a fulfillment of biblical prophecy. Identical Publisher's Forewords to Restoration and Comfort for the Jews stated:

    THE rebuilding of Palestine is claiming the attention of Jews throughout the earth. Some of the Gentile world powers are outwardly favoring the movement but manifestly for selfish reasons.
    JUDGE RUTHERFORD, known throughout the world as a friend of the Hebrew people, is vigorously supporting the claim of the Jews to the Holy Land. He is opposed to proselytizing the Jews, holding that such is not only wrong but contrary to the Scriptures. His lectures to large audiences, which have been broadcast throughout the world, on "JEWS RETURNING TO PALESTINE", have created an intense interest. There is a good demand for them in printed form. He has simplified these lectures and now presents them in book form. This volume will be of profound interest to Jews and Gentiles alike. It is the first unbiased presentation of the subject from the Scriptural viewpoint published.

    The Publishers send forth this volume confident that it will do much good.

    In 1930 Rutherford produced a larger volume on the same theme called Life.But suddenly he repudiated his beliefs respecting the Jews. Life was withdrawn from circulation,[2] and in 1932 Rutherford proclaimed that "fleshly Israel" had no specific role to play in salvation history. He wrote:

    The Jews were evicted from Palestine and `their house left unto them desolate' because they rejected Christ Jesus, the beloved and anointed King of Jehovah. To this day the Jews have not repented of this wrongful act committed by their forefathers. Many of them have been returned to the land of Palestine, but they have been induced to go there because of selfishness and for sentimental reasons.
    During the long period elapsing from the time of their expulsion to the present day the Jews have not "borne the shame of the heathen" for Jehovah's sake, nor for the name of Christ. During all this period of time, and particularly during the World War, the true followers of Christ Jesus devoted to God, and to his kingdom, have been bearing the shame of the heathen and have been hated by all the nations for Christ's sake and the sake of Jehovah's name. (Matt. 24: 9: Mark 13: 13)
    In contrast to this, during the World War the Jews received recognition of the heathen nations. In 1917 the Balfour Declaration, sponsored by the heathen governments of Satan's organization, came forth, recognized the Jews, and bestowed upon them great favors. In this the seventh world power [the British Empire] took the lead. Now Big Business and other wings of Satan's organization place the Jews alongside of and in the same category as the Gentiles. Heretofore even God's people have overlooked the fact that the affairs of God's kingdom with reference to the things of the earth are of far greater importance than the rehabilitation of that little strip of land on the eastern side of the Mediterranean sea. The Jews have received more attention at their hands than they have really deserved. Therefore this prophecy [of Isaiah] must have its chief fulfillment upon the true people of God's kingdom which are now on earth.


    Perhaps the judge was simply anxious to assert that Jehovah's Witnesses were the "true Israel of God," but it seems that he had other reasons for making such a dramatic doctrinal switch without any more detailed explanation. While he may formerly have proclaimed himself a pro-Zionist "friend of the Hebrew people" in the tradition of his predecessor, he occasionally manifested a streak of deep-seated anti-semitism.
    For example, while giving a talk on biblical prophecies respecting the return of the Jews to Palestine at a Canadian Bible Student convention in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in the early 1920s, he interjected:

    "I'm speaking of the Palestine Jew, not the hooked-nosed, stooped-shouldered little individual who stands on the street corner trying to gyp you out of every nickel you've got."


    But there were no doubt other factors in 1932 which impelled him to abandon the Bible Students' long tradition of philo-Judaism besides simple personal bias. During the late 1920s and early 1930s anti-semitism was becoming rampant in the United States and Canada with the rise of a variety of movements both religious and political. [5] And with the start of the Depression in 1929, it began to appear possible that the violently anti-Jewish Nazis could come to power in Germany - something which happened on January 30, 1933. So it seems clear that Rutherford was anxious to dissociate the Witnesses from the Jewish community as definitively as possible. Yet these facts can in no way excuse what he and his aids were shortly to do during the first year of the Third Reich.
    Early in April 1933 the Nazis moved against Jehovah's Witnesses. Their branch headquarters at Magdeburg were seized, and their religious activities were temporarily stopped. But on April 28, German authorities returned the properties to the Watch Tower Society to their American owners, no doubt to keep from offending the United States. [6] However, Witness leaders and Jehovah's Witnesses in general knew that they were not popular with the Nazis. So according to an official Witness account, Judge Rutherford and the German Witness community decided to take a bold stand against the Hitler dictatorship.
    The book Jehovah's Witnesses in The Divine Purpose, published by the Watch Tower Society in 1957, states:

    Judge Rutherford had been watching the German situation closely and was well acquainted with its development as it affected the witness work. With this serious turn of events he lost no time in going to Germany, accompanied by N. H. Knorr, to see what could be done. On June 25..., a convention was called in Berlin. There a Declaration of Facts was presented to the 7,000 in attendance in protest against the Hitler government for their highhanded interference with the witness work of the Society, and was unanimously adopted. The declaration was mailed to every high officer of the government from the president down to the members of the council, and 2,500,000 copies were given public distribution. Retaliation came quickly. Three days later, on June 28, for the second time the Society's property was seized and occupied, and by government decree its printing plant was closed.

    [7] But was the seizure of Watch Tower property by the German government on June 28, 1933 really because the Declaration of Facts was a bold protest against Nazi actions? No, quite the contrary. In a tape-recorded account of the history of Jehovah's Witnesses in Germany, former Watch Tower Society "branch servant" or "overseer" Konrad Franke tells that when he and another Jehovah's Witness arrived at the Berlin Sporthalle Wilmersdorf where the 1933 Witness convention was being held, they were shocked. The building was bedecked with Swastika flags - evidently to please the Nazis. Then during the convention itself, the Witness faithful were called on to sing a hymn that they had not sung in Germany for years. While they had no objection to the words, the music was the same as that of the German national anthem, "Deutschland, Deutschland über alles."[8]
    As for the Declaration and an accompanying letter sent to Adolf Hitler personally, they were nothing short of self-serving statements which attempted to ingratiate Jehovah's Witnesses with the Nazis. Under a sub-section entitled "Jews," the Declaration reads:

    It is falsely charged by our enemies that we have received financial support for our work from the Jews. Nothing is farther from the truth. Up to this moment there never has been the slightest bit of money contributed to our work by Jews. We are the faithful followers of Christ Jesus and believe upon Him as the Savior of the world, whereas the Jews entirely reject Jesus Christ and emphatically deny that he is the Savior of the world sent of God for man's good. This of itself should be sufficient proof to show that we receive no support from Jews and therefore the charges against us are maliciously false and could only proceed from Satan, our great enemy.

    The greatest and most oppressive empire on earth is the Anglo-American empire. By this is meant the British Empire, of which the United States of America forms a part. It has been the commercial Jews of the British-American Empire that have built up and carried on Big Business as a means of exploiting and oppressing the peoples of many nations. This fact particularly applies to the cities of London and New York, the stronghold of Big Business. This fact is so manifest in America that there is a proverb concerning the city of New York which says: "the Jews own it, the Irish Catholics rule it, and the Americans pay the bills." We have no fight with any of these persons mentioned but, as witnesses for Jehovah and in obedience to his commandment set forth in the Scriptures, we are compelled to call attention to the truth concerning the same in order that the people may be enlightened concerning God and his purpose.

    [9] That was not all. Besides damning the League of Nations , the Declaration said:

    "The present government of Germany has declared against Big Business oppressors and in opposition to the wrongful religious influence in the political affairs of the nation. Such is exactly our position...." [10]

    Then it proclaimed:

    "Instead of being against the principles advocated by the government of Germany, we stand squarely for such principles, and point out that Jehovah God through Christ Jesus will bring about the full realization of these principles."

    [11] The letter sent to Hitler was equally compromising in nature. To ingratiate the Witnesses with the Nazi Führer, it claimed that the Watch Tower Society had been and was "outstandingly friendly to Germany." But more than that, it falsely asserted that Rutherford and seven members of the Board of Directors of the Watch Tower Society had been sentenced to eighty years in prison "because the [Watch Tower] president refused to use two magazines published by him in the United States for war propaganda against Germany."[12]
    As Jehovah's Witnesses were soon to discover, the Nazis were not impressed by either their Declaration or the Society's letter to Hitler.
    Many Germans were thoroughly aware that they had long been pro-Zionist, and Nazis officials were hardly so stupid as not to know that in many ways they stood in direct opposition to what the Hitler and his associates proclaimed and demanded. The Witnesses were internationalists in a religious sense and were generally quite tolerant of persons of other races; they regarded secular authority as of the devil; and, above all, they were openly anti-militaristic[13] - all factors which caused the nationalistic, racist, and militaristic Nazis to despise them. Thus the German government unleashed a wave of persecution against the Witnesses almost immediately.
    On June 27, 1933, one day after they begin sending copies of the Declaration by registered mail to German officials, the Prussian Land or state banned them, and the police began to carry out widespread raids on their homes and places of business. As has been noted above, the Society's Magdeburg offices were seized again on June 28.
    Ultimately, between two and three million marks worth of Watch Tower property was confiscated and destroyed by the Nazis. [14] But it was then, and only then, that Rutherford and the Watch Tower Society decided to oppose Nazi policies in an uncompromising fashion. For some time thereafter, German Witnesses were divided over what they should do. [15]
    Although after the Second World War most Jehovah's Witnesses and others were unaware of the compromising actions of Witness leaders in the Germany of 1933, there were some who still remembered the Berlin convention.
    Furthermore, copies of both the Declaration and the Watch Tower letter to Hitler remained extant. So when the Watch Tower Society published a history of Jehovah's Witnesses in Germany in the 1974 Yearbook of Jehovah's Witnesses, it was necessary to deal with what were very embarrassing data in a way which would not make the Society's Brooklyn leaders look guilty of violating their own teachings. Thus the full responsibility for the attempted compromise with Hitler and the Nazis was placed on the shoulders of Paul Balzereit, the Society's German branch servant at the time.
    Because of the importance of the Society's present official position on this matter, the 1974 Yearbook account of the 1933 Berlin convention is given in full. It reads:

    By the summer of 1933 the work of Jehovah's Witnesses had been banned in the majority of German states. the brothers' homes were being searched regularly and many brothers had been arrested. The flow of spiritual food was partially hampered, although only for a time; still many brothers were asking how long it would be possible to continue the work. In this situation the congregations were invited on very short notice to a convention to be held in Berlin on June 25. Since it was expected that many would be unable to attend because of the various bans, the congregations were encouraged to send at least one or several delegates. But, as it turned out, 7,000 brothers got there. For many of them it took three days, some riding bicycles the entire distance, whereas others went by truck, since the bus companies refused to rent buses to a banned organization.

    Brother Rutherford, who, together with Brother Knorr, had come to Germany just a few days before in order to see what could be done to ensure the safety of the Society's property, had prepared a declaration with Brother Balzereit to be presented to the convention delegates for adoption. It was a protest against the meddling of the Hitler government into the preaching work we were doing.
    All high government officials, from the Reich's president on down, were to receive a copy of the declaration, if possible, by registered mail. Several days before the convention started Brother Rutherford returned to America.

    Many in attendance were disappointed in the "declaration," since in many points it failed to be as strong as the brothers had hoped. Brother Mütze from Dreseden, who had worked closely with Brother Balzereit up until that time, accused him later of having weakened the original text. It was not the first time that Brother Balzereit had watered down the clear and unmistakable language of the Society's publications so as to avoid difficulties with governmental agencies.

    A large number of brothers refused to adopt it just for this reason. In fact, a former pilgrim brother [traveling evangelist] by the name of Kipper refused to offer it for adoption and another brother substituted. It could not rightfully be said that the declaration was unanimously adopted, even though Brother Balzereit later notified Brother Rutherford that it had been.

    The conventioners returned home tired and many were disappointed. They took 2,100,000 copies of the "declaration" home with them, however, and made fast work of distributing them and sending them to numerous persons in positions of responsibility. The copy sent to Hitler was accompanied by a letter that, in part, read:

    "The Brooklyn presidency of the Watch Tower Society is and always has been exceedingly friendly to Germany. In 1918 the president of the Society and seven members of the Board of Directors in America were sentenced to 80 years' imprisonment for the reason that the president refused to let two magazines in America, which he edited, be used in war propaganda against Germany."

    Even though the declaration had been weakened and many brothers could not wholeheartedly agree to its adoption, yet the government was enraged and started a wave of persecution against those who had distributed it.


    The question now arises, how well does this account stand up?
    In the first place, it continues to assert wrongly in the tradition of Jehovah's Witnesses in the Divine Purpose that there were 7,000 present at the 1933 Berlin convention. The Declaration is clear in repeatedly asserting that there were only 5,000 delegates there. But that is a small matter.
    What is more significant is that the 1974 Yearbook account assumes - apparently on no more authority than the unsubstantiated beliefs of a " Brother Mütze from Dreseden "-that Paul Balzereit was the one who "weakened" the Declaration.
    Balzereit may well have been responsible for having the Declaration translated into German, and he may also have been responsible for drafting the letter to Hitler. Yet there is clear evidence to suggest that he did not tamper with the wording of the Declaration.

    1. First, the Watch Tower Society published the English version of the Declaration - which is virtually identical to the German version - in the 1934 Year Book of Jehovah's Witnesses as its official statement to Hitler, the German government, and German officials, high and low; and this it would not have done without Rutherford's full approval.
    2. Second, the English version of the Declaration is clearly written in the judge's own bombastic style.
    3. Third, the statements directed against the Jews in the Declaration are more in keeping with what an American such as Rutherford would have written rather than a German. How, for example, would Balzereit know the "proverb," so called, concerning New York which says: "the Jews own it, the Irish Catholics rule it, and the Americans pay the bills"? Fourth, Rutherford had been guilty of a similar compromise with secular authority in the United States in 1918 in a vain attempt to escape imprisonment.[17]
    4. Then finally, he was an autocrat supreme who would not have brooked the serious type of insubordination that Balzereit would have been guilty of had he "weakened" the Declaration.

    While it must be admitted that this evidence, although strong, is circumstantial rather than direct, this makes little difference in the long run. Regardless of who wrote the Declaration, the fact is that it was published as an official document of the Watch Tower Society.
    Thus the American leaders of the Society - and Judge J. F. Rutherford in particular - were directly responsible for what was outright anti-Semitism and a willingness to compromise their loudly trumpeted principle of "Christian neutrality" in order to continue their publishing and preaching work in Germany.
    So the leadership of Jehovah's Witnesses, like the those who led almost every other church, sect, and cult in the Third Reich were willing, under the circumstances of the times, to betray their most sacred values.

    But that is not all.
    The Watch Tower Society is guilty of an ongoing cover-up of its past concerning these matters. While the Society still boasts of the bravery of German Jehovah's Witnesses in their refusal to submit to the dictates of Nazism, it also continues to try to hide its leaders' attempt to compromise with the Nazis in 1933. Although The Watchtower of October 1, 1984 quoted from Christine King's The Nazi State and the New Religions, its publishers failed to note what Dr. King had written about the Society's 1933 Declaration of Facts.
    For example, in a brief evaluation of that document, she makes what, from a Witness standpoint, is a rather damning remark. She says:

    "The document is a master of its kind and worthy of the other four sects [the Christian Scientists, the Latter-day Saints, the Seventh-day Adventists and members of the New Apostolic Church] all of whom supported, in one way or another, the Nazi state."

    [18] In another paragraph, she remarks:

    "Having attempted to assure the authorities by the Declaration of Facts, of their good citizenship, having interpreted and explained their teachings in a way, which given the preoccupations of the regime, was designed to allay fears and offer a hint of compromise, the Witnesses seemed to have expected little further harassment. Had the Declaration not condemned with the Nazis, the League of Nations, had it not described National Socialism as standing out against the injustices Germans had suffered since 1919 and had it not ended with a personal appeal to the Führer?"

    [19] So it is hardly possible that the present-day leadership of the Society can be ignorant of the Declaration and its compromising, anti-Semitic nature.
    Despite such statements by Dr. King, however, the June 8, 1985 Awake! (p. 10) damned both the Catholic and the Protestant clergy for supporting Nazism and proclaimed: "However, there was one group in Germany that courageously championed Christian principles. That group was Jehovah's Witnesses. Unlike the clergy and their followers, the Witnesses refused to compromise with Hitler and the Nazis. They refused to violate God's commandments. They would not break their Christian neutrality in political affairs. (See Isaiah 2:2-4; John 17:16; James 4:4.) They did not attribute Heil, or salvation, to Hitler, as did the overwhelming majority of their flocks." And more recent issues of both Awake! and The Watchtower have taken much the same tack.
    Awake! published several articles on the Holocaust in its April 8, 1989 issue in which it argued rightly that many others besides Jews had died as a result of Nazi extermination policies. Dealing with the persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses from 1933 to the collapse of the Third Reich in 1945, one of these articles, "The Holocaust: Victims or Martyrs?", states on page 12:
    "They [Jehovah's Witnesses] were of many nationalities but were misconstrued as a pacifist threat to Germany's National Socialist regime because of their Christian stand of neutrality and refusal to be incorporated into the war effort of any nation. Hitler called them a `brood to be exterminated.'"
    Significantly, this article also quotes Christine King, but it makes no mention of either the Declaration of Facts or the Society's 1933 letter to Hitler.
    Then, just after the publication of the April 8, 1989 Awake!, a series of articles appeared in the April 1 and 15 and May 1 and 15, 1989 issues of The Watchtower on the subject of "Babylon the Great." Referring to the great "whore" or "harlot" described at Revelation 17, these articles identified her as the world-wide empire of false religion which has "committed fornication with the kings of the earth." Accordingly, The Watchtower censured both Catholicism and Protestantism - which they regard as parts of Babylon the Great - in the harshest terms for having supported various European secular governments in past centuries and, especially, for having been in league with Nazism during the Second World War. But not once in these articles does the anonymous author admit that, from the standpoint of their own teachings, Watch Tower leaders were also were willing to commit "fornication" with the rulers of the Third Reich had the Nazis been willing to let them get into bed with them.
    What is even more serious is that when confronted with the facts relating to the Watch Tower German Declaration of 1933, the Society's spokesmen have denied them categorically. In 1985, when I published a brief synopsis of the nature of the Declaration in my book Apocalypse Delayed,[20] Watch Tower officials attacked me in the strongest terms, practically calling me a liar.
    The Society's public relations officer for Canada, Walter Graham , claimed "the declaration was neither to placate Hitler nor anti-Semitic," and he said respecting me:

    " Penton does have an axe to grind. He has been trying to discredit the Jehovah's Witnesses ever since he was removed from the society."

    Yet curiously, he admitted that he had not read the evidence that I had presented. He said: We aren't interested in reading it. We're not interested in what James Penton does, writes or thinks, because he has chosen not to be one of us."[21] In a similar vein, Eugene Rosam, a senior Watch Tower official of Jewish ancestry, refused to comment on Apocalypse Delayed."We have no comment on the publication," said Rosam . "Anybody can write a book and get it published. It's just surprising some people refer to it as if it were Gospel."[22]
    It is not surprising that Jehovah's Witness leaders are reluctant to discuss the nature of the Declaration, the Watch Tower letter to Hitler, or the Berlin convention of June 1933 any more than is necessary. After all, no religious organization is anxious to broadcast its past sins. Yet the cover-up surrounding the nature of those events is hypocritical, especially since the Watch Tower Society is so uncharitable towards other religions over their collaboration with Nazism. None the less, the Watch Tower Society has no other real option than to attempt to continue that cover-up. Jehovah's Witnesses claim that the collective body of persons who have governed them since 1919 have been and are the "anointed footstep followers Jesus Christ, described as `the remaining ones of her [God's heavenly organization's] seed, who observe the commandments of God and have the work of bearing witness to Jesus.'" [23]
    Thus to admit that they had compromised with a regime such as that of Hitler would be contradictory to this claim. On the basis of their own teachings, it would make them just another part of Babylon the Great! So in order to demonstrate clearly that the account given in this article is historically accurate and that the basic facts presented are irrefutable, we reprint full documentation in the pages that follow.

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    Internal Database (Watchtower Observer)-Penton

    An Open Letter From M. James Penton, PhD to Milton G. Henschel AN OPEN LETTER

    August 11, 1995
    Milton G. Henschel, President
    Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society
    25 Columbia Heights
    Brooklyn, New York
    U.S.A. 11201

    M. James Penton

    Dear Mr. Henschel:
    Yesterday I obtained a copy of the August 22 Awake! magazine with its articles on "The Holocaust: Who Spoke Out?". On reading the articles in that issue of Awake!, I was thoroughly shocked and disgusted.

    The Watch Tower Society has long attempted a cover-up of the most dishonest sort. While your organization properly censures other religious communities for their compromises with and support of Nazism, it tries to claim that Jehovah's Witnesses, and Jehovah's Witnesses alone, never were guilty of such compromise. Yet history tells a different story. The "Erklärung" or "Declaration" published by the Watch Tower Society at the Berlin Convention of Jehovah's Witnesses in June 1933 is, in itself, clear evidence that the Society's president, Judge J. F. Rutherford, as accompanied by N. H. Knorr, manifested anti-Semitism, hostility to Great Britain and the United States, and to the League of Nations. Furthermore, the "Erklärung" clearly states that Jehovah's Witnesses supported the aims of the Third Reich.

    In addition to the "Erklärung", there is the evidence of the Society's letter to Hitler sent on or immediately following June 25, 1933, and the public statements made about the Berlin convention by Konrad Franke in lectures throughout Germany some years ago. All of this I have made public in my book Apocalypse Delayed (1985)-which I know has been read at Watch Tower headquarters both from court documents and inside reports-and in the spring 1990 issue of The Christian Quest. So it is impossible for responsible members of your organization not to know the facts. Thus the August 22 Awake! is nothing short of an historical abomination.

    I am aware of the feeble attempt of the 1974 Yearbook of Jehovah's Witnesses to exculpate Judge Rutherford and the Watch Tower Society in Brooklyn by claiming that the Society's German branch overseer, Paul Balzereit, "weakened" the "Erklärung". But the "Erklärung" or "Declaration" was published in both the German and English versions of the 1934 Year Book of Jehovah's Witnesses as an official statement of the Watch Tower Society. So it is impossible to believe that it was not sanctioned by Rutherford and the man who succeeded him as the Society's president, N. H. Knorr. Therefore, the leadership of Jehovah's Witnesses of that time attempted to commit what amounted to spiritual whoredom with the Third Reich in the fashion of the two sisters, Oholah and Oholibah of Ezekiel 23, according to the Society's own teachings.

    Although I do not expect an answer from you, nor do I want one, to make certain that you, personally, are aware of the facts, I am sending you the following materials:

    (1) A photocopy of the original "Erklärung"

    (2) A photocopy of the "Erklärung" as it appeared in the German edition of the 1934 Year Book of Jehovah's Witnesses;

    (3) A photocopy of the "Declaration" as it appears in the English edition of the 1934 Year Book of Jehovah's Witnesses;

    (4) A photocopy of the Hitler letter, plus an English translation thereof;

    (5) A copy of the Spring 1990 issue of The Christian Quest.

    Since I am well aware that the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses, of which you are a senior member, is carrying on what amounts to a "Big Lie" campaign (1) to make Jehovah's Witnesses appear to be God's faithful and discreet slave class on earth and (2) to discredit other religions, as a former Jehovah's Witness, a professional historian, and as a Christian who
    believes that God has no need of our lies, I feel forced to expose the facts to the general public. Hence, I am sending copies of this letter, plus the above listed documentation, to both religious and secular publications throughout the United States and Canada. I will, of course, also make them available to persons in other lands so that they may be made known wherever possible.

    In closing, Mr. Henschel, I would beg the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses, who carry heavy responsibility before God and humankind, to come clean and admit the facts. Hypocrisy and falsifying the historical record are serious sins, as I am sure you are aware.

    Sincerely yours,

    M. James Penton, PhD
    Professor Emeritus

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    Internal Database (Watchtower Observer)-Kent

    Jehovah's Witness Holocaust Era Survivors Fund Inc., New York, USA The Jehovah's Witnesses is trying to get their hands on money from the holocaust victims. Now they suddenly claim they are actually helping their older members from the holocaust with "Food, medical, home care, winter assistance, emergency financial support and social".

    Service ProviderLocationActivity(ies)Number of beneficiaries
    Jehovah's Witness Holocaust Era Survivors Fund Inc., New York, USACroatia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Ukraine and MoldovaFood, medical, home care, winter assistance, emergency financial support and social2000

    Anything goes when money is in the air!

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    Internal Database (Watchtower Observer)-Kent/Reachout Trust

    The Broadcasting Standards Commission received a complaint from the Jehovah's Witnesses Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society about unjust or unfair treatment, in Everyman: Sleeping with the Enemy, broadcast on BBC1 on 13 December 1998.

    This judgement concerned Reachout Trust indirectly because we provided clips from a video for them to use. The judgement concerning this was as follows:

    Mr Hardy (Presiding Minister of the Jehovah's Witnesses in Britain) said that cartoon and video footage had been used, which had lampooned the beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses, using quotations which were not in context and originating from a source who denigrated their faith. The Jehovah's Witnesses had not been invited to provide video footage stating their beliefs, nor had they been informed that such unpleasant parodies were being sought for broadcast. The material had not been produced by the Jehovah's Witnesses, and its origin and agenda had not been identified. The material had wrongly given the impression that Jehovah's Witnesses believed that Jesus Christ would kill those who were not Jehovah's Witnesses, that a Jehovah's Witness would be "disfellowshipped" if he allowed his child to have a blood transfusion and that Jehovah's Witnesses were willing to allow their children to die for want of medical treatment. Mr Hardy said at a hearing held by the Commission that immediately after Mr Mesruther had alleged that his son had told him that he would be destroyed at Armageddon unless he went to the Kingdom Hall, the image of a sword striking a divine judgment had been shown, conveying the erroneous idea that Jehovah's Witnesses believed that salvation was gained by performing religious duties. Mr Hardy also said at the hearing that footage of the passing of holy bread and wine, a particularly sacred moment for Jehovah's Witnesses, should not have been shown in a programme that was critical of them.

    The BBC said that the animation and archive material used were clips from a film obtained from the Reachout Trust, said to be an organisation which opposed religious cults. Although the film was critical of Jehovah's Witnesses, the BBC understood that it had been made by former members and included material originally made by the Witnesses. The animations were Jehovah's Witnesses material, as was most of the archive footage used. The extracts used did not parody or misrepresent Jehovah's Witnesses's beliefs. The BBC said at the hearing that it had checked with the Jehovah's Witness website that their contents accurately represented what Jehovah's Witnesses currently believed. The extracts selected from the film did not have an agenda.

    It is sad when the Witnesses feel that they must complain about material that shows the truth of what they believe - maybe they want to hide it from the public!

    The Commission in part said concerning this:

    The Commission accepts that the BBC made efforts to check that the material shown in the film, supplied by the Reachout Trust, did not conflict with current Jehovah's Witness thinking, and is not persuaded by the arguments, put forward by the Jehovah's Witnesses, that it differs considerably from that thinking. The Commission does not consider, therefore, that it was necessary for the Jehovah's Witnesses to be asked to contribute any of their own material.

    They did go on to say that they felt it sensationalised and over-simplified the beliefs and thus it ruled it unfair however it is interesting to note that it believed these were the teachings even if presented in an unfair way.


    An area of controversy for the Witnesses that did come up in the above film is their behaviour in Nazi Germany. The Watchtower Society today is always seeking to present the positive stand they took in Germany and the persecution that resulted. Even as recent as the Watchtower, May 1 2000 they carried an article on the back page entitled "He Died for a Principle." The story commemorates August Dickmann who was publicly shot by the SS because he was a conscientious objector.

    As tragic as this is there is a darker side to the way the Society acted and the letter that follows typifies it. It comes from the book The Jehovah's Witnesses by Friedrich Wilhelm Haak revised in 1997. The book is written in German and Brian Gale has translated the following letter extract.

    Dear Reich Chancellor,

    On the 25th June 1933 at the sports hall Wilmersdorf, Berlin, a conference was convened by some 5000 delegates of the Bible Students of Germany [J.Ws], representing several millions of Germans. These have for many years been friends and supporters of this movement. The purpose of this convention was for these representatives to explore ways, to inform fully the Reich Chancellor and the other esteemed officials of the German Empire, as well as to all other states the following standpoints:

    In certain parts of the country measures have been and are being taken against Christian men and women, who are unified in their positive belief. This in essence amounts to the persecution of Christians by other Christians, in that there have been accusations against us from the clerical front (especially from the Catholics) and which are untrue.

    Though we are absolutely convinced of the objectivity of government departments and individual officials, we nevertheless observe, because of the extent of our literature and demands of the examiners of the material, the content and significance of our organisation is generally being falsely judged, and also is what our religious opponents in full prejudice bring against us.

    Therefore, Mr. Reich Chancellor, the conference agreement with its accompanying explanation, is laid before you (and the leaders of the German Reich) by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, so that you may accept it as documentation of the fact that the Bible Students of Germany have but one single goal in their work; they purpose to lead people back to God, to witness to and honour the name of Jehovah the Almighty, the father of our lord and saviour Jesus Christ. We know for certain that you, Mr. Reich Chancellor, will not allow such activity to be disturbed.

    The Bible Student communities and their associates are universally known as being a bastion of true reverence for the Almighty and are zealous guardians of careful biblical research. Local police authorities would have to agree, the Bible Students must count as belonging to those elements in the country and amongst the people who have a great love of order. Their sole mission is to gather human hearts for God.

    The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society is the organising mission control body of the Bible Students - for Germany, H.Q. is Magdeburg.

    The Brooklyn presidium of the Watchtower has always from its outset been German friendly. As a result of this in 1918 the president of the Society and the seven members of the governing body in America were sentenced to eighty years in jail, because the president refused to use his two magazines to incite war propaganda against Germany. These two journals 'Watchtower' and 'Bible Student' were the only ones in the entire country which rejected the pressure for war propaganda, and were therefore banned and repressed in America.

    In the same way our Society's presidium not only refused to take part in recent months, in the horror stories against Germany, but has even taken an opposing stand, which is underlined in the accompanying explanation; the clue to this is that the elements leading this onslaught of war propaganda (horror stories) in America, i.e., the Jews with business interests and Catholics, are also the ones who are conducting the most rigorous persecution against this Society and its leadership. By this and other resolutions hereby given, the rejection of this insidious calumny should follow automatically, i.e. that the Bible Students were actually supported by the Jews. The five thousand delegates at their convention have with great satisfaction taken note of the ensuing statement by the local government president at Magdeburg, namely that the relationship between Bible Students and communists or Marxists, as maintained by our clerical opponents, is not provable (demonstrable), and is, therefore, also slanderous (libellous). A directly related press release was reported in the Magdeburg Daily News Nr 1 04 5th May 1933.

    The conference of 5,000 delegates emphasised that, because of this state of affairs, they considered it beneath their dignity to have to defend themselves further against the despicable suspicion of indulging in communist or Marxist activity. These refuted libels by our religious opponents clearly bear the mark of religious rivalry, who instead of the honest rebuke and God's Word, would rather snuff out the truth with slander and libel.

    Furthermore it was established by the 5,000 delegates, as expressed in the declaration, that the Bible Students of Germany are striving for the same high goals and ideals, as proclaimed by the government of the German Reich, regarding the relationship of man to God, namely (i.e.), the honesty (sincerity) of His creation, in response to the creator.

    It was also established at the convention, that with reference to the relationship of the Bible Students to the national government (of the German Reich), no conflicts or differences of any kind exist, but on the contrary one can say - regarding the purely religious, unpolitical goals and efforts, - that these are in complete agreement with the parallel aims of the national government of the German Empire.

    There has been a complaint against the alleged strong language in our literature, resulting in some banning of our books.

    The conference of 5,000 delegates pointed in addition to the fact that the content of the books causing complaint related solely to circumstances and events in the Anglo-American world, and to Britain especially, which has been responsible for the League of Nations and the placing of unjust treaties and obligations upon Germany. In the above sense the statements of our literature, whether it be in respect to finance, politics or the papacy, are against the oppressors of the German land and people, yet certainly not against a Germany struggling under this burden, thus making the resulting ban fully incomprehensible.

    For the German states in which even bans on our services and prayer meeting are in place, and those who have been waiting many weeks for a just solution to the gagging of their religious life, the following points are expressed:

    We intend to go on complying with the imposed restrictions, since we are certain the Reich Chancellor, as well as the other states governments, will, in recognition of the real situation, lift these measures, by which tens of thousands of Christian men and women would have ultimately to perish as martyrs, akin to the early Christians.

    Finally this conference of 5,000 delegates has declared, that the Bible Students or the Watchtower organisation represents a platform for the maintenance of order and security of the state (country), in addition to the demand of the national government for its own (aforementioned) high ideals on the religious front.

    Above all in order that the Reich Chancellor, as leader of the people and all the other government leaders of the German Reich, and the German States, should be advised, this statement has been set out before you in some detail. This enclosed explanatory statement was read out by the secretary of the Bible Students convention (5,000 delegates) and unanimously accepted and approved by the latter, instructing them to hand over one copy of this declaration, together with the convention report to the Reich Chancellor and to each of the appropriate ministers of the German Empire and its state governments.

    Following on from this most earnest application and explanation comes a humble plea, namely to grant an opportunity for a commission (delegation) from our number to present personally to the Reich Chancellor or Minister of the Interior (Home Office) a responsible and true representation of our situation. On the other hand the Reich Chancellor himself could appoint a commission, which is not opposed to us by religious prejudice and themselves would not be professionally religiously biased, but would evaluate our position totally without prejudice, corresponding to the Reich Chancellor's own just principles laid down for such purposes. With these principles in mind we beg to quote from point 24 of the manifesto of the German National Socialist Workers party: - "We demand the freedom for all religious persuasions within the state, in so far as they do not endanger its position, or offend against the moral and ethical sensibilities of the Germanic race. The party as such supports the view of a positive Christianity, without preference to any one denomination; it combats the spirit of Jewish materialism within and without, and is convinced that a lasting recovery of our people can only succeed from the inside out"

    We too are firmly convinced, that, if we are judged without religious prejudice, firstly according to God's word, secondly to the points set out in this application (petition), then the national German government will have no cause to prevent our services or missionary activity.

    In anticipation of an expeditious and favourable consent, and the assurance of our utmost respect (high regard), we are, most honoured Reich Chancellor,

    Your most humble servants
    Watchtower Bible and Tract Society

    Haak goes on to say:

    They represent themselves as being victims of the Hitler dictatorship, making out they were singled out as being amongst the first, and therefore amongst the most important sufferers. It is true that many died in camps.

    It is also true that Hitler received from Rutherford on 15th June (i.e. 10 days before the J.W. convention in Magdeburg) an obsequious address, emphasising his complete agreement with the parallel goals of the national government of the German Reich. Also included were:

    1. Refusal to take part in war propaganda

    2. Stand against business Jews and Catholics

    3. Identification of the above people as being the most rigorous persecutors.

    When the N.S. leaders clearly showed no interest in the aspirations of the American 'sect-firm', their supporters everywhere were called to send letters of protest to the N.S. The result is that the "Serious Bible Students" were rounded up and died in the camps. Not, however, for the leader of the German branch of the Society, Erich Frost. He it was who betrayed his Bible Student charges and their meeting places. In contrast to the wretched fate of the ordinary small 'publishers', he survived the Third Reich relatively unscathed, only to be re-established in office as a freedom fighter in 1945.
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    NAZI SS Chief Himmler was an admirer of the JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES: "According to Rudolf Hoess, Commandant of Auschwitz, SS Chief Heinrich Himmler often used the 'fanatical faith" of Jehovah's Witnesses as an example to his own SS troops. In his view, SS men had to have the same 'unshakable faith' in the National Socialist ideal and in Adolf Hitler that the Witnesses had in Jehovah. Only when all SS men believed as fanatically in their own philosophy would Adolf Hitler's state be permanently secure."


    For those of you less knowledgeable about world history, Auschwitz was the largest Nazi extermination camp... over a million innocent people, most of them Jews, and two-thirds of them women and children, were butchered within its perimeter.

    Surprised at the connection? The recognition of JW fanaticism? Why should you be? Or did you not know that the precious, holier-than-thou Watchtower had sucked up to the Nazis (in full knowledge of what the Nazis represented)? Each entity, on the face of it so different from the other, was only too aware of the other's existence and "qualities".

    The admiration was mutual. And some ideals were truly shared. I'll prove my assertions.

    Here is an accurate translation from an official letter in 1933 from the Watchtower Society H.Q. to German Fuehrer and Nazi leader ADOLF HITLER, where the Watchtower actively associates itself with the Nazis:


    An image of the original may be examined on the Watchtower Observer website. The "Reichskanzler" is the Reich Chancellor, Adolf Hitler.

    And now this is from pages 130-8 of the Jehovah's Witnesses 1934 Yearbook, published by the Watchtower in New York, in the section dealing with Germany:


    The Watchtower would ally itself with Satan himself if that would preserve or increase its wealth and property ... How different was Jesus!

    A full NINE YEARS prior to the Watchtower's alignment of themselves with the apolitical and religious ideals and goals of Hitler and the Nazis (the abbreviation for the German rendition of "National Socialists") Adolf Hitler had in 1924 written and published his book "Mein Kampf", an immediate bestseller (and soon after an international bestseller), which set out with perfect clarity his goals, political and apolitical. Let us have some samples of some of Hitler's religious and apolitical ideals the Watchtower endorsed and what they GUARANTEED "JEHOVAH GOD" WOULD DELIVER TO THE NAZIS:


    The emphases are mine. I apologize for reproducing the words of that monstrously evil man; I have done so only to expose the Watchtower’s hypocrisy and immorality. I have drawn from the standard English translations of "Mein Kampf" whose authenticity is unquestioned - and was undisputed by Hitler (who authorized them and grew wealthy on the royalty receipts).

    You should feel real disgust at the material. Of the c600 (yes, I counted) explicit references to Jews in Mein Kampf not one is complimentary - I have omitted some of the most hateful in my brief extract above. Hitler's view on the Jewish religion clearly involve explicit fantasies of seeing thousands of Jews gassed to death .

    And these were the ideals and goals which the filthy Watchtower had allied themselves with.

    Mein Kampf contains much more - an Anglo-American alliance is identified and calumnied, and one is left in no doubt as to the desired fate of the "negro" and "mongrel" races. The stench of religiously-justified racism pervades the whole evil work. It is impossible to separate the inhuman fate which Hitler clearly intends for all who oppose him, with his "ideals" and "goals".

    Now read again the extract from the 1934 Watchtower Yearbook I presented above: any doubts that in their haste to pander to Reich Chancellor Hitler, the Watchtower had combed his writings or speeches and used terms which they thought would place the Society in his favor, must vanish - the same stuff that Hitler had written in Mein Kampf about the Jews owning and controlling the U.S. Stock Exchange (located in New York) is reproduced in the Watchtower publication.

    Making it very clear that the Watchtower was aware (whether through Mein Kampf or other Nazi writings) of the true stated ideals, goals and views of the Nazis at the time they published their 1933-4 material sucking up to Hitler.

    Of course as events progressed, and Brooklyn lost its German real estate, and the war that then ensued (which they had prophesied would be won by the Nazis and would lead on directly to Armageddon) turned against Hitler, the Watchtower rewrote their own history and condemned the Nazis. They kept very quiet about their own shameful record with the Nazis and hoped no one would remember.

    Indeed, 10 years after the defeat of Hitler, the Watchtower began to repeat his sick fantasies about joyously spraying its enemies with poison chemicals or bombs to selectively kill them!


    The above is from the July 15 1955 issue of The Watchtower (pp436 etc.) - and there are literally dozens of similarly bloodthirsty fantasies (involving the torture or slaughter of those who have mocked or dismissed the Watchtower) expressed in the hate literature spewed out from Brooklyn. Now if we switch back to Adolf Hitler:


    A seamless divide: hard to tell where Hitler ends and Brooklyn begins.

    And when "apostates" in the late 1960s and early 1970s began to circulate copies of the Watchtower's shameful attempts to ally themselves with the Nazis, Brooklyn came out with this amazing piece of revisionism, denial (and some abuse to be hurled at Catholics too) - to show that only in 1941 (i.e. long after the Watchtower had published their pro-Nazi material in 1933-4) had the world become aware of the nature of Nazism:


    The above is from "God's Kingdom of a Thousand Years Has Approached", 1973, pp8-9. Here and elsewhere, I use square brackets to facilitate abbreviation. Note how the complete unity with Hitler's religious goals has been swept under the carpet, and instead Hitler's religion has been identified as Catholicism!

    This outrageous lie and attempted whitewash from the Watchtower may be best refuted by the following words from the closing speech, in July 1946, of Robert Jackson, the Chief U.S. prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial, addressed to those criminals in the dock who, like the Watchtower, basically claimed that Hitler's plans were unknown to them:


    And I have shown that not only was the Watchtower very aware of either Mein Kampf (how could it not be?), or equivalent Nazi material, at the time it produced the disgraceful 1933-4 material - it virtually quoted from it!

    And it was not merely pretending to share beliefs with Hitler. Ever since the death of Watchtower founder Russell, the Society had increasingly embraced anti-Semitism. Here are but a few examples from around the time of the Yearbook's embrace of Hitlerian ideals:

    "Be it known once and for all that those profiteering, conscienceless, selfish men who call themselves Jews, and who control the greater portion of the finances of the world and the business of the world, will never be the rulers in this new earth. God would not risk such selfish men with such an important position"
    - The Golden Age Feb 23 1927, p343

    The above also seems to have been inspired by identical sentiments expressed in Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf.

    "Jews [are] no longer important to God.. the Balfour Declaration, sponsored by the heathen governments of Satan's organization, came forth, recognized the Jews, and bestowed upon them great favors.. The Jews have received more attention at their hands than they really deserved."
    - Vindication II, 1934, pp 257-8

    "The Journal of the A.M.A. is the vilest sheet that passes the United States mail.. Nothing new and useful in therapeutics escapes its unqualified condemnation. Its attacks are generally ad hominem. Its editorial columns are largely devoted to character assassination.. Its editor (Morris Fishbein) is of the type of Jew that crucified Jesus Christ."
    - The Golden Age Sep 26 1934, p807

    Indeed the Watchtower's neo-Hitlerian beliefs should not be minimized. Leaving aside its hated Jews, the "Jehovah God-directed" Brooklyn has:
    * commended the giving of inferior seats to negroes {WT Apr 1 1914 p110-1}
    * described colored ones as vicious, depraved and unworthy of pearls of wisdom {WT Apr 15 1900 p122}
    * described how God's elect would have to be overwhelmingly white {Old Theology Quarterly No. 43 p30}
    * described how prayer might turn black people white {WT Oct 1 1900 p296}
    * described the negro as gross, immoral, deceitful, adulterous, false, lying, cowardly and drunken {WT Aug 15 1901 p266}
    * described American Indians as ignorant, superstitious, degraded barbarians {WT Jul 1 1902 p165-6}
    * described negroes as degenerate, degraded, servile {WT Jul 15 1902 p215}
    * described negroes as being specially degraded {WT Aug 1 1898 p230}
    * associated negroes with servants automatically {WT Nov 1 1903 p410}
    * showed God might bring negroes to perfection by whitening them" {WT Feb 15 1904 p52}
    * commended separateness of races {The New Creation circa p490 till 1927}
    * openly promoted racial hatred for Asians/Orientals {WT Sep 1 1905 p260}
    * ridiculed negro and Latin superstitiousness {WT Apr 1 1908 p99}
    * "warned" negroes to stay in their own crowd only {The Golden Age Oct 1 1919 p8} and elsewhere described Harriet Beecher Stowe's magnificent "Uncle Tom's Cabin", which exposed the wickedness of slavery and in many ways prompted the actions which led to the freeing of the slaves, as the work of Satan!
    * ridiculed southern negroes for drunkenness {The Golden Age Oct 15 1919 p44}
    * supported phrenology, which science had totally discounted by 1920, and which teaches that the negro's sloping forehead shows a lack of intellect {Golden Age Feb 15 1925 p332 etc.} - WTBTS only recanted this Aryan-superiority belief in 1978
    * Hispanics described as backward {The Golden Age Nov 30 1927 p141}
    * Negroes encouraged to be meek, and told to submit to total segregation even in the Watchtower's own Kingdom Halls {WT Feb 1 1952 p94-6}
    * gave scriptural justification (Ham) for cursing negroes and using them exclusively as slaves or servants {The Golden Age Jul 24 1929 p702}

    Please remember that the Watchtower declared on oath in Court (Olin R. Moyle v. F.W.Franz, et al, 05 10 - 05 27 1943, New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, sections 2596-7, 4420-1 (Moyle v. Rutherford et al., 261 App. Div. 968; 26 N.Y.S. 2d 860; Moyle v. Franz et al., 267 App. Div. 423; 46 N.Y.S. 2d 607; Moyle v. Franz et al., 47 N.Y.S. 484), first listed Kings County Clerk's Index No. 15845, 1940 Vol 2 p795) that "Jehovah God" was been the editor of their publication and had been guiding it since its inception .

    I present explicit quotes of some of the above material as a footnote.

    Later, some JWs suffered in German concentration camps while following the edicts and commands of their Cult leaders (who were, of course, safe in Brooklyn, making capital out of the persecution their own rules had brought upon the brainwashed rank and file). The number has been vastly exaggerated by the Watchtower, whose own official published claims on this matter have utterly contradicted each other over the years - see - for an expose of this. But while the survival rate for German Jews and gypsies who failed to flee the country once Hitler came to power was under 2% (as can be seen from studying the many sites relating to the Holocaust), the survival rate for German JWs in the same period was about 90% (by the Watchtower's own "final" figures). And the survival rate for Jews and gypsies sent either to concentration or extermination camps was far less than 1%, the same figure was about 80% for Jehovah's Witnesses. This refutes the Watchtower propaganda, which seems if anything to suggest numbers the opposite way around (without explicitly stating anything like that, of course - the Watchtower is a master of deceptive prose "we never quite said that"). Nonetheless, the Watchtower Society has for years scrabbled hard to maximize its share of compensation payouts in respect of German atrocities - and the more they take, the less there is for more deserving or more legitimate claimants. And yes, the Watchtower wants this money for itself, and not to disburse to the "untraceable" original JWs - it claims to be their "representative". Truly scandalous rapacity. How much innocent Blood is there on this monster's filthy altar?

    Reminds me of the issue of the Watchtower where they adjacently presented articles on filling in the Blood Card (denying doctors the chance to save JW lives using transfusions) and on how to efficiently leave money and other property to the Watchtower in your will, so they get it after you die. They don't really mind if you die (having lived as their slave magazine-peddler) - as long as they profit.

    And that the Watchtower should so emphatically and unequivocally align itself with the NAZIS, after their racist terror campaigns against the Jews and others had been announced, bears WITNESS to the whole world the very sordid and inherently EVIL nature of the Watchtower Cult. Both Nazism and Watchtowerinsanity both sprung from the same father, Satan the Devil, so such kinship is not surprising at all .

    Of course cult apologists and stooges will try to twist the above into some attempt by me to discount the enormous suffering of individual JWs at the hands of brutal regimes. It is no such thing. It is an exposure of the cynical, callous, disgraceful attitude of the Watchtower bosses in Brooklyn and elsewhere to the suffering they bring upon their brainwashed, duped, tricked, lied-to and betrayed followers. And proof that they will ally themselves with anyone if they can profit thereby. Truly, disgusting.

    To try and just gently reform this barbarous Great Whore is only the dream of simpletons who do not or cannot comprehend the degree of foulness within the Jehovah's Witnesses New World Society. Did the Allies try and "reform" Nazism? No, they crushed it and destroyed it utterly.

    And so it must be with the Watchtower, Satan's Organization on Earth.

    ( Destruction of Evil Class)



    BARBAROUS, DEGRADED NEGROES "Is there anything in the claim of a pre-Adamic race? or that some of the more barbarous nations are not Adam's offspring?.. all the peoples of the earth are descended from Adam, no matter how different in color, stature, intelligence, etc.. The negro race is supposed to be descended from Ham, whose special degradation is mentioned in 'Gen. 9:22,25'" - The Watchtower, 8/1/98 page 230

    THE HOLY ELECT WILL BE CHIEFLY WHITE "God .. evidently has been a respecter of races, and has specially blessed and favored certain branches of the Aryan race in Europe and America.. the white race has been more abundantly blessed with the light of the Gospel than others .. the elect Church will probably be composed chiefly of the highly favored white race" - Evolution, 1898, pages 30-1

    GOD DOES NOT CAST PEARLS BEFORE NEGRO SWINE "We advise, therefore, that where the Watch Tower literature is introduced to colored people it be not by promiscuous circulation, but only to those who give evidence of some ear for the truth. We avoid, so far as possible, putting the pearls of present truth into the hands of the vicious and depraved" - The Watchtower, 4/15/00 page 122

    GOD CHANGES DESERVING FROM BLACK TO WHITE "From Black to White He Slowly Turned.. Rev. William H. Draper .. gave a living affirmative answer to the famous Biblical question, 'Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots?' Though once as black as charcoal, the Rev. Mr. Draper is now white. His people say that his color was changed in answer to prayer. Many years ago Draper was employed by a fair-skinned man, and he was often heard to remark that if he could only be white like his employer, he would be happy. While in the white man's service Draper 'experienced' religion. From that day forward he prayed constantly and fervently that he might become white.. He first experienced a prickling sensation on his face, and upon close investigation found a number of small white spots scarcely larger than the point of a pin. He became alarmed, thinking he had some peculiar disease but he did not suffer and aside from the prickling sensation felt nothing unusual. Gradually the white spots became larger and extended themselves, until now, after the change has been in progress for over 30 years, Draper has not a single dark spot on his body." - The Watchtower Reprints, 10/1/00, page 2706 [Poor Michael Jackson was raised as one of Jehovah's Witnesses]

    SAVAGE, FALSE, COWARDLY IS THE NEGRO - IMMORALITY AND DECEITFULNESS ENDEMIC "'It too often happens that, while the negro rapidly masters the rules and regulations of the Christian religion, he still continues to be gross, immoral, and deceitful. They (missionaries) may have succeeded in turning their disciples into professing Catholics, Anglicans, or Baptists; but the impartial observer is surprised to find that adultery, drunkenness, and lying are more apparent among the converts than among their heathen brethren.' And again: 'I regret to say that, with a few - very rare - exceptions, those native African pastors, teachers, and catechists whom I have met have been all, more or less, bad men. They attempted to veil an unbridled immorality with an unblushing hypocrisy and a profane display of mouth-religion which, to an honest mind, seemed even more disgusting than the immorality itself. While it was apparent that not one particle of true religion had made its way into their gross minds, it was also evident that the spirit of sturdy manliness which was present in their savage forefathers found no place in their false, cowardly natures" - The Watchtower, 8/15/01 page 266

    NATIVE AMERICANS IGNORANT BARBARIANS "A Christian minister and his wife .. report: 'We cannot either civilize or Christianize this tribe of [Navajo] Indians.. a single one .. We cannot overcome the barriers of ignorance, superstition, barbarian language' .. We heartily sympathize .. Lord Jesus and his apostles did not carry the gospel to the most degraded nations, but to the most intelligent people they could find." - The Watchtower, 7/1/02 pages 165-6

    SERVILE DEGRADED NEGROES - PUNISHMENT BY GOD - ALSO, WITHOUT ANY INTER-BREEDING, WHITE MAN LIVING IN CHINA BECOMES RACIALLY CHINESE AFTER FEW GENERATIONS (THROUGH LOOKING AT CHINESE PEOPLE!) "The NEGRO not a Beast .. that Ham's characteristics which had led him to unseemly conduct disrespectful to his father, would be found cropping out later, inherited by his son, and prophetically he foretold that this degeneracy would mark the posterity of Canaan, degrading him, making him servile. We are not able to determine to a certainty that the sons of Ham and Canaan are negroes; but we consider that general view as probable as any other.. we are not to forget the strong pre-natal influence of the mother's mind upon her offspring, - co-operating with the influences of climate and soil. To illustrate: Suppose a missionary and his wife removed to China; not only would the influence of the climate and soil be manifested upon themselves, but the same would be still more manifested in their children. Whoever will give careful attention to this matter will notice that each succeeding child born in that foreign country will have increasingly more resemblance to the Chinese - the hair, the skin, the shape of the eyes, and in general all features will bear closer resemblance with each succeeding child. We can readily suppose that if so much change occurs in a few years, ten or twenty centuries under similar conditions would turn any white people into regular Chinese, even supposing there were no intermarrying. The mother, while carrying her unborn child, has continually before her the Chinese type of countenance - eyes, hair, color, etc., and the continual impress of these upon her mind could not fail, according to the law of our being, to influence her offspring in the manner noted. Indeed a traveler, a scientist, has lately reported to the civilized world that he found in China a district where there were ruins of a very ancient Hebrew temple, and tablets in Hebrew. The people of the district informed him that they had a tradition that their fathers once spoke and understood the language of the tablets (Hebrew), had emigrated thither many centuries before, adopting the Chinese customs and language and, gradually, their appearance also. The effect would be similar in India. Undoubtedly the stronger contrast between the white and the black would require a longer time to be brought about.. We are not to forget, either, that Africa is inhabited by various tribes or nations of negroes - some more and some less degraded than the average.. While it is true that the white race exhibits some qualities of superiority over any other, we are to remember that there are wide differences in the same Caucasian (Semitic and Aryan) family.. The secret of the greater intelligence and aptitude of the Caucasian undoubtedly in great measure is to be attributed to the commingling of blood amongst its various branches; and this was evidently forced in large measure by circumstances under divine control. It remains to be proven that the similar commingling of the various tribes of Chinese for several centuries would not equally brighten their intellects; and the same with the peoples of India and Africa." - The Watchtower, 7/15/02 pages 215-6

    A NEGRO - THEREFORE A SERVANT "The second runner, Cushi, or literally a Cushite - that is, a negro - was probably one of the king's household servants" - The Watchtower 11/1/03 pages 410-1

    MORE RACIAL PURITY VIA GOD'S ACTION - NEGROES CAN ASPIRE TO BECOMING WHITES "Can The Ethiopian Change His skin color? No. But.. what the Ethiopian cannot do for himself God could readily do for him. The difference between the races of men .. have long been arguments against the solidarity of the human family. The doctrine of restitution has also raised the question. How could all men be brought to perfection and which color of skin was the original? The answer is now provided. God can change the Ethiopian's skin in his own due time.. Julius Jackson, of New Frankfort, Montana, a negro boy of nine years, began to grow white in September, 1901, and is now fully nine-tenths white. He assures us that this is no whitish skin disease; but that the new white skin is as healthy as that of any white boy, and that the changed boy has never been sick and never has taken medicines" - The Watchtower, 2/15/04 pages 52-3

    SEGREGATION NECESSARY - NO INTERRACIAL MARRIAGES WANTED "hence, the several races of humanity will probably find their spiritual interests as New Creatures best conserved by a measure of separateness." - The New Creation, 1904, page 490

    THE YELLOW PERIL FACING THE WHITE RACE - AND HATE THE AFGHANS TOO! "It is a fact that in Central India hundreds of Afghans are loafing and skulking alone or in couples. This is considered to be an ominous sign, for the Afghans do not wander so far south with any peaceful purpose in mind .. THE YELLOW PERIL .. the peril of the white race at the hands of the yellow" - The Watchtower 9/1/05 page 260

    GOD DID NOT FAVOR THE NEGROES OR LATINOS "superstitions transplanted from faraway lands would flourish among the foreign and negro elements.. The negro and Latin races will probably always be inclined to superstition." - The Watchtower 4/1/08, page 99

    THE COLOR LINE FOUND NECESSARY IN CHURCH - BLACKS NOT HUMBLE ENOUGH "WE might have anticipated that many colored people would be deeply interested in THE PHOTO-DRAMA OF CREATION. But it did not impress itself upon us until gradually their number increased to about twenty-five per cent of the whole audience. Of course, we were glad to see them, glad that they were interested in the DRAMA. We had the same feeling respecting them as others; but it was quickly discerned that it was not a case of feeling, but that, whereas the colored people of New York City are about five per cent of the population, in our audiences they are about twenty-five per cent and the number increasing. What shall we do? As the attendance of the colored people would increase, proportionately the number of the whites would decrease; for explain it how we will, a majority of whites prefer not to intermingle closely with other races.

    Recognizing that it meant either the success or the failure of the enterprise of the DRAMA as respects the whites, we have been compelled to assign the colored friends to the gallery, which, however, is just as good for seeing and hearing as any other part of The Temple. Some were offended at this arrangement. We have received numerous letters from the colored friends, some claiming that it is not right to make a difference, others indignantly and bitterly denouncing us as enemies of the colored people. Some, confident that Brother Russell had never sanctioned such a discrimination, told that they believe it would be duty to stand up for equal rights and always to help the oppressed, etc. We were obliged to explain the facts, assuring all of our loving interest in the colored people, and of our desire to do them good, and not injury. We again suggested that if a suitable place could be found in which the DRAMA could be presented for the benefit of the colored people alone, we would be glad to make such arrangements, or to co-operate with any others in doing so.

    Our explanations were apparently entirely satisfactory to all of the fully consecrated. To these we explained that it is a question of putting either the interests of God's Cause first, or else the interests of the race first. We believed it our duty to put God first and the Truth first - at any cost to others or to ourself! We explained that we thought that all the colored brethren should know our attitude toward them - they should know that we love to serve them in any way possible and to give them the very best we have to give of the Gospel Message; and that it is only a question of whether our giving to them in one way would deprive us of giving the Truth to others. Some who were still tenacious and quarrelsome we merely reminded of our Lord's declaration that in inviting visitors into the house it is the place of the host to say where they shall sit, and then we showed them the parable of the man who chose the chief seat of honor and was given a lower one. In answer to the query as to how our course of conduct squared with the Golden Rule, we replied that it squares exactly. We would wish others to put God first. If our personal interests are or ever have been in conflict with the real and apparently best interests of the Lord's Cause, it is a part of our consecration vow to ignore our interests in favor of the interests of the Lord's Cause. This is what we mean by the declaration that we are dead to self and alive to our God as New Creatures. We reminded one dear sister that the Lord enjoins humility, and assures us that unless we humble ourselves we shall not be exalted. If nature favors the colored brethren and sisters in the exercise of humility it is that much to their advantage, if they are rightly exercised by it.

    A little while, and our humility will work out for our good. A little while, and those who shall have been faithful to their Covenant of Sacrifice will be granted new bodies, spiritual, beyond the veil, where color and sex distinctions will be no more. A little while, and the Millennial Kingdom will be inaugurated, which will bring Restitution to all mankind - restitution to the perfection of mind and body, feature and color, to the grand original standard, which God declared "very good," and which was lost for a time through sin, but which is soon to be restored by the powerful Kingdom of Messiah." - The Watchtower, 4/1/14 pages 110-1

    RACIAL SEGREGATION ADVISABLE "NEGRO EDUCATION IN CINCINNATI. Blacks from all over the city go to this school by preference. They feel that they can get the best chance by staying in their own crowd, and they are probably right.. While it is true that 'of one blood God hath made all nations of men,' nevertheless under present imperfect conditions a wise segregation is probably an advantage to all concerned." - The Golden Age, 10/1/19 page 8

    ASTOUNDING WATCHTOWER RACIST HYPOCRISY, BLAMING MORMONS! "Mormons and Racism.. at a news conference, Mormon president Spencer W. Kimball was questioned on the Mormon practice of excluding blacks from full and equal privileges in their religion.. Thus the question of racial discrimination was evaded. In refreshing contrast, the Bible plainly says that 'God is not partial' and 'makes no distinction at all' among those sincerely seeking him.-Acts 10:34, 35; 15:7-9." - The Watchtower, 11/1/74 page 656 [Amazing hypocrisy given that the Watchtower also practised the very same thing, as we have seen in these extracts (no mention made in the article, of course)]

    SOUTHERN NEGRO IS A DRUNKEN SOT "..from a criminal viewpoint the desirability of sobering the southern negro speaks volumes for national prohibition." - The Golden Age, 10/15/19 page 44

    ARYAN HEAD SHAPE IS THE ADVANCED AND DESIRABLE ONE (DOGS ALSO)! "The Power of the Mind.. the character of men can be described in terms of facial features, known as Physiognomy, or cranial characteristics (a field) with the scientific term of Phrenology.. body shapes [tell] our story of life .. the body's .. vibrations show what we are and do not lie.. vibrations [reveal our] personality [and] true self [as do our] palms .. spine .. feet .. fingernails .. [if we were] only sufficiently intelligent we undoubtedly could determine what a person thinks or does chiefly, his qualifications etc., merely from a piece of his skin, a hair, or a drop of blood .. Pastor Russell .. discussed the mysteries of .. mental telepathy, mind reading, and women's intuition" - The Golden Age, 2/15/25 pages 332-3 [Phrenology correlated a well-developed (stated to be Aryan) forehead with intellectuality, not so a sloping (negroid) forehead. Phrenology was scientifically discredited by 1920; the WTBTS did not recant until 7/15/78 in the Watchtower of that date (page 17) and even then did not admit they had ever touted phrenology, just that it was false. So, yet again, they have become what they once condemned, and now condemn what they once were! Some of the wise teachings of phrenology as expounded by the Watchtower: "God breathed into his nostrils the breath of lives (plural), the breath common to every living creature. The difference between Adam and the other creatures was not in the breath, or spirit of lives. Man had the same kind of spirit of life.

    The difference was that man had a finer organism. How do we know? Stand a man alongside of a dog. Look at their heads. The one slopes back; there is no place for the intellectual qualities at all, or at least a very small place for the thinking apparatus man has. He has more brain than the dog. If we could make a dog with the same head as a man, he would think the same as a man." - What Pastor Russell Said Q666-3]

    LATINOS VERY BACKWARD "Spaniards .. and other backward races [came to settle in America under the influence of Rome]" - The Golden Age, 11/30/27 page 141

    NEGROES SHOULD BE IN A ZOO AND BE LAUGHED AT "careful observations in a London school showed that children enjoyed the heartiest laughs, not from slapstick comedies, but from .. watching a negro miner enjoying a square meal" - The Golden Age 7/25/28 page 684 [no adverse comments at all on the implications of this]

    NEGROES ARE INFERIOR, SUITABLE ONLY AS SERVANTS - ONLY GOD CAN CHANGE THAT "Is there anything in the Bible that reveals the origin of the Negro? It is generally believed that the curse which Noah pronounced upon Canaan was the origin of the Black race. Certain it is that when Noah said, 'Cursed be Canaan, a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren,' he pictured the future of the Colored race. They have been and are a race of servants.. There is no servant in the world as good as a good Colored servant, and the joy that he gets from rendering faithful service is one of the purest joys there is in the world." - The Golden Age, 7/24/29, page 702

    AND MORE AMAZING WATCHTOWER HYPOCRISY TRYING TO BESMIRCH CATHOLICS [the view that Blacks were cursed by God] "apparently survived until 1873 when Pope Pius IX attached an indulgence to a prayer for the 'wretched Ethiopians in Central Africa that almighty God may at length remove the curse of Cham (Ham) from their hearts." - Awake! 10/8/77 page 29 [It is hypocrisy then that the Catholic church is chastised by the WTBTS for having put aside these beliefs at least 56 years earlier than did the WTBTS, whom we have seen espoused those same beliefs up to 1929, if not even later.]

    NEGROES MEEK AND TEACHABLE - SUITABLE AS SLAVES "Really, our colored brothers have great cause for rejoicing. Their race is meek and teachable, and from it comes a high percentage of the theocratic increase." - The Watchtower 2/1/52 pages 94-6

    The amusing nature and idiocy of some of the above racist material does not in any way mitigate against its foulness, which the Watchtower have blamed on Jehovah, the editor-in-chief.

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