With Burning Anger - Nazi Era Catholic History

by lepermessiah 6 Replies latest jw friends

  • lepermessiah

    I recently read a fascinating series on the history of the Third Reich.

    One incident discussed in the book was the large group of Catholics who stood against the Nazi regime.

    The reason I found it so interesting is that the WT continues to make it sound like the Catholic Church and ALL of its members were practically card-carrying Nazi's, and that JW's were the only religious group who stood against the regime. I was interested to read statistics of the many Catholics, Protestants, and others who were tortured and sent to concentration camps for their faith and opposition.


  • yknot

    Very interesting....

    Making link you provided 'clickable'


  • JWoods

    It is not just the witnesses - many rabidly anti-catholic groups (other than JW) have long tried to create a Hitler-Church of Rome "axis" for which there is really little evidence.

    I contend that for every so-called "bad priest or bishop" there was at least one Schindler.

  • BurnTheShips

    Maximilian Kolbe is an outstanding example. He was canonized by JPII


    During the Second World War he provided shelter to refugees from Greater Poland, including 2,000 Jews whom he hid from Nazi persecution in his friary in Niepokalan├│w. He was also active as a radio amateur, with Polish call letters SP3RN, vilifying Nazi activities through his reports.

    On 17 February 1941 he was arrested by the German Gestapo and imprisoned in the Pawiak prison, and on May 28 he was transferred to Auschwitz as prisoner #16670.

    In July 1941 a man from Kolbe's barracks vanished, prompting SS-Hauptsturmf├╝hrer Karl Fritzsch, the deputy camp commander, to pick 10 men from the same barracks to be starved to death in Block 13 [9] (notorious for torture), in order to deter further escape attempts. [10] (The man who had disappeared was later found drowned in the camp latrine.) One of the selected men, Franciszek Gajowniczek, cried out, lamenting his family, and Kolbe volunteered to take his place.

    During the time in the cell he led the men in songs and prayer. After three weeks of dehydration and starvation, only Kolbe and three others were still alive. He encouraged others that they would soon be with Mary in heaven. Each time the guards checked on him he was standing or kneeling in the middle of the cell and looking calmly at those who entered, while the others lay moaning and complaining, on the ground around him. He was killed with an injection of carbolic acid. Some who were present at the injection say that he raised his left arm and calmly waited for the injection. [11] His remains were cremated on the Assumption of Mary.

  • Farkel


    Brother Kolbe died much like Brother Socrates, without malice and with dignity and grace, didn't he?

    The only difference was what Socrates said as he was about to die: "I drank WHAT?"


  • Goshawk

    lol Farkel

  • BurnTheShips

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