The Top Line Reads: Bible Students
Bottom Line: Jehovahs Witnesses 1933-1945
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The Purple Triangle symbol was used to identify "Bible Students" now known as Jehovahs Witnesses. Friends could only find the symbol to commemorate this at the Holocaust War Memorial in Washington until now. We have a limited amount of these made for the friends ready to ship out today.
The Top Line Reads: Bible Students
Bottom Line: Jehovahs Witnesses 1933-1945
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So here’s where I made my bonehead move… Since the Convention items are all custom order stuff, they cost a lot more for us to make. So I was supposed to post these items at much higher prices on our website—“supposed to” being the key words here. Here’s what happened… I’m so used to our regular ol’ prices for the regular ol’ items that we always have, I accidentally posted those regular ol’ prices—you guessed it—for the CUSTOM Convention stuff.
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RAVENSBRUCK, GERMANY: People stream past the crematory at the concentration camp near Berlin in 1949. "Stand Firm," a documentary on the experience of imprisoned Jehovah's Witnesses, premieres there Nov. 6., AP/FILE
This is a great article we found from a short time ago that many would appreciate to read. Really shows that even ones that dont share our faith get a very strong witness by observing our actions when faced with trials!
- Facing Stephen Spielberg's camera, Joseph Kempler dezi camp where he was a prisoner. Surrounded by barbed wire, its inmates, wearing purple triangles, were not allowed to mix with others.
"I asked, 'Who are these people, in a camp within a camp,'" the elderly Polish Jew said. "They must be very dangerous."
They were Jehovah's Witnesses. Imprisoned because of their faith and active resistance, they were often isolated so they couldn't preach to others.
Unlike Jews and others targeted by the Nazis, the Witnesses were prisoners of conscience. They could have bought freedom by signing a declaration card that renounced their faith and pledged allegiance to Hitler. Few took the offer. Most stayed, and many died.
Why Hitler bothered to single out such a minor group - and the tenacity with which the Witnesses resisted him - is what makes their story significant, says Michael Berenbaum, director of the Research Institute at the US Holocaust Museum in Washington. "The Jehovah's Witnesses were literally the only martyrs of the Holocaust," Mr. Berenbaum says.
"The Jews were victims because their experience was not a matter of choice. But the Witnesses did have a choice. They are people to be respected for not giving in."
The role of Jehovah's Witnesses in the Holocaust is a little- known story now being told through videotaped interviews by Mr. Spielberg's Survivors of the Shoa Visual History Foundation, and a separate church-produced documentary that premières Nov. 6 at the Ravensbruck camp, near Berlin.
"Stand Firm," the church's documentary, asserts that the Witnesses became early victims of the Holocaust when they refused to support - and spoke out against - Hitler's Nazi regime. The documentary covers a 1994 symposium held at the Holocaust Museum on the experience of Witnesses in Nazi Germany. It also interviews numerous American and German experts unaffiliated with the church.
James Pellechiays he did not want to minimize any group in the Holocaust. "We don't think we are heroes. We're not trying to say we're a better person than a Jew, a Gypsy, or a homosexual. Our experience pales in comparison," Mr. Pellechia says. "But our story is one of many that needs to be told."
Just 20,000 out of a population of 65 million, the Jehovah's Witnesses were a small but irritating minority for Hitler in Germany in 1933. They were a constant presence on street corners and doorsteps, distributing more than 1 million copies of their Watchtower magazine a month. Witness literature denounced Nazism and Hitler's demagoguery at the height of his popularity.
The Gestapo shut down the Witnesses' printing presses in 1933 and burned their literature, forcing the Witnesses to go underground with their preaching work. By 1934, the first of 6,000 Witnesses were sent to Nazi prisons and concentration camps. Many children were taken from their parents and sent to Nazi reform schools.
Believing allegiance is reserved solely for God, the German Witnesses would not submit to Hitler. The men refused military service and the women would not work to support the war effort. For this, 250 Witnesses were executed. The first person shot for not serving in Hitler's Army was a Jehovah's Witness, reported a Sept. 17, 1939 New York Times article. In all, about 2,000 Jehovah's Witnesses died in Nazi custody.
A family persecuted
Magdalena Kusserow-Reuter's entire family - 11 siblings and both parents - endured Nazi persecution. Her two brothers were executed for refusing to fight for Hitler. The youngest children were placed in Nazi schools; the rest were put in prisons or camps.
At 17, Mrs. Kusserow-Reuter was offered the declaration card that would set her free if she renounced her beliefs. She had just completed six months of solitary confinement in a juvenile prison, but refused to sign. She spent tncentration camp.
"I said, 'Never, never!' There was no question about signing. How could I? I was thinking of my brothers," says Kusserow-Reuter, now living with her husband at the Witness branch in Spain.
"Stand Firm" shows how the church used its international branches to help the underground work in Germany. Religious literature was smuggled into Germany through the Swiss office or produced secretly in the camps.
"Stand Firm" also offers examples of Witness attempts to publicize Hitler's crimes. A book published in 1938, "Crusade Against Christianity," used reports from German Witnesses to print diagrams of concentration camps and document Nazi abuses.
A radio speech by church president Joseph Rutherford in 1938 characterizes Hitler as a man of "unsound mind ... who acts in utter disregard of the liberties of the people ... and cruelly persecutes the Jews." Rutherford's broadcast aired one month before Kristallnacht, the night Nazis destroyed Jewish synagogues and businesses in Germany.
Simultaneous telegrams to Hitler were sent by Witnesses in the United States and 49 other countries in 1934 saying his behavior "shocks all good people of earth and dishonors God's name."
With fewer than 100,000 adherents worldwide in the 1930s, the Witnesses' magazines had limited circulation, and their proselytizing was often dismissed as the work of a strange cult. Today, there are about 5.5 million Jehovah's Witnesses, and their magazines, Watchtower and Awake, have a weekly printing of 17 million copies in 100 languages. "Stand Firm" will be released in English and German.
The documentary does little to explain what Witnesses believe, avoiding discussion of theology or attempts at conversion. "We live our theology," Pellechia says. "You can understand it by the way the Witnesses stood firm."
Finding surrmaine, a senior researcher for non-Jewish survivors at Shoa, has been working with the church to find and interview as many Witness survivors as possible before the Shoa oral history project is completed at the end of 1997.
"The Jehovah's Witnesses are unique because they could have avoided their fate," Ms. Jensen-Germaine says. "But in the face of torture and death, they chose not to, and stood by their principles."
While information on many non-Jewish groups is poor or nonexistent, Jensen-Germaine says Witnesses have "meticulous documentation" of survivors.
The religion continued to catch Kempler's attention after the war. In 1947, he gave depositions in preparations for the war crimes trial at Dachau to help identify SS guards. Sitting next to him was a Jehovah's Witness whose right arm was paralyzed from hanging on the torture pole. The man decided not to testify against his guard, explaining that vengeance is reserved for God.
"I was furious with the Jehovah's Witness for refusing to name their persecutors," Kempler says. "But the more I thought about it, the more their stand impressed me. But I couldn't understand their motivations."
Those he learned after immigrating to New York and meeting a Witness. Religion was not an interest since Kempler's Holocaust experience - extermination labor in a stone quarry and the death march - left him an atheist.
"I was a God-hater; he wasn't there when my people needed him," says Kempler, who became a Witness a decade after liberation. "But the Witnesses began to preach a purpose in life that many first-generation survivors like myself had given up on."
That purpose is what Pellechia says sustained the Witnesses. Rather than pray for relief, many prayed to remain faithful.
"We were in a battle for the right to worship, to love our neighbor, and tell the truth," he says. &quere good can triumph over evil, and I think they will see that in the story of the Witnesses."
CBS News did a report on how Jehovahs Witnesses refuse blood transfusions after cardiac heart surgery are at no greater risk than those that do.
It reads: The study, which was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine on July 2, intended to look at patients who do not undergo blood transfusions after cardiac surgery. Because Jehovah's Witnesses believe on religious grounds that they are not supposed to ingest the blood of another, they made ideal test subjects.
The study looked at 48,986 non-Witnesses who had blood transfusions and 322 Witnesses who refused to have blood transfusions who all underwent cardiac surgery between 1983 to 2011. After matching the patients up by similar cases, researchers found both groups had similar risks for dying at the hospital. However, Witnesses had lower chances of having additional operations for bleeding, renal failure and sepsis compared with non-Witnesses who received transfusions.
"It behooves us to examine more closely some Jehovah Witness processes of care and implement them in our routine surgeries," study author Dr. Colleen Koch, a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, said to HealthDay.
Witnesses spent less time in the intensive care unit and less time in the hospital than the other group. They also had higher survival rates compared to the people who were non-witnesses at 95 percent and 89 percent respectively. Both groups had close 20-year survival rates (34 percent versus 32 percent).
According to the Mayo Clinic, blood transfusions can cause a number of health complications, including allergic reactions, fevers, lung injury, spread of bloodborne infections and acute immune hemolytic reaction - a rare transfusion reaction in which a person's body attacks the new blood because it's not the proper type. But, HealthDay points out that screening techniques introduced in the 1990s have made it safer than it previously was.
Transfusion is typically ordered because of the risk of anemia - which the National Institutes of Health defines as a condition where the body does not have enough red blood cells. Anemia can cause the person to feel tired or weak, have headaches and shortness of breath, as well as problems concentrating or thinking.
Dr. Victor A. Ferraris, a professor of cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Kentucky, wrote in an accompanying commentary that the study shows that it might do doctors well to look at their own practices.
"The findings of this analysis by Pattakos and colleagues add to the increasing data that suggest that more conservative use of blood transfusions would be in our patients' interest, in both Witnesses and non-Witnesses," he stated.
But, Dr. Gregory Fontana, chair of cardiothoracic surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, warns HealthDay that the results don't indicate that we should expand the findings to everyone.
"just because this paper is published, we cannot willy nilly start treating everyone like Jehovah's Witnesses," he told HealthDay. "It does provide further evidence that transfusion with real indication carries a risk that heretofore has been underestimated."
Good to know that we have always been cared and looked out for, even before modern science had to find out the hard way..
Germanwings plane crash: Father of US victim doesn't feel anger because of his faith as a Jehovahs Witness!
The parents of an American victim of the French Alps plane crash said on 27 March they feel sadness for the parents of the co-pilot rather than feeling anger for the loss of their son.
French prosecutors say a young German co-pilot barricaded himself alone in the cockpit of Germanwings flight 9525 and apparently set it on course to crash into an Alpine mountain, killing all 150 people on board including himself on 24 March.
The prosecutors have offered no motive for why Andreas Lubitz, 27, would take the controls of the Airbus A320, lock the captain out of the cockpit and deliberately set it veering down from cruising altitude at 3,000 feet per minute.
German police have searched his home for evidence that might offer some explanation.
Robert Tansill Oliver, a Jehovah's Witness, lost his 37-year-old son Robert Oliver Calvo in the Germanwings plane crash.
"I don´t feel anger. I'm really sad for the parents of that young pilot. I mean, I can't imagine what they´re going through right now. As well as companions here, they are all feeling, hurting. No we don´t feel anger at all. As Witnesses we are peace makers. We are sorry it happened of course. We blame what the bible calls the rule of the world. We are angry with the ruler of the world," Oliver told reporters outside the Rey Don Jaime hotel where the relatives of the victims are staying.
Oliver was not keen on launching legal action over the loss of his son.
"I'm in touch with the American Embassy in Madrid and the consulate in Barcelona it all depends on how well things take place. The generalitat now is intervening and giving a certain amount of counsel, guidance. We have to just wait and see. We´re not eager to take any legal action. We're mostly interested in sharing hope and comfort and of course being with our family, our niece and our grandchildren, comforting them," he said.
"The responsibility of the governments and the airline companies, I hope they do take steps to make sure what happened to my son never happens again to anyone," Oliver added.
Robert Oliver Calvo was a Barcelona-born American citizen.
He worked for the Barcelona-based clothing company Desigual, and left behind a wife and two children.
Lufthansa subsidiary Germanwings could face liabilities well above the typical ceiling in airline crashes for the passengers who died on Tuesday, some aviation lawyers said.
A lot will depend on whether the airline can defend itself against negligence claims.
An international agreement generally limits airline liability to around $157,400 (£105,734) for each passenger who dies in a crash if families do not sue, but if families want to pursue compensation for greater damages, they can file lawsuits.
Lawyers who have represented families in past airline disasters said on Thursday that potential lawsuits could focus on whether Germanwings properly screened the co-pilot before and during his employment, and on whether the airline should have had a policy requiring two or more people in cockpits at all times during a flight.
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Jason Worilds gave up playing football for millions of dollars to follow his faith. Wednesday Worilds announced he was leaving the Pitsburg Stealers NFL team to further his work as a witness of Jehovah.
He informed the Steelers of his retirement in a phone call Tuesday, the day he became an unrestricted free agent and one of the top linebackers available for any team to sign. The Steelers were hoping to lure him back with a multiyear contract after they paid him nearly $10 million in 2014. His 7½ sacks tied for the team lead in 2014 from his outside linebacker position.
Why is Worilds walking away from the game? According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Worilds is doing so to work for his religion, Jehovah's Witnesses.
The Steelers released a statement on the matter Tuesday:
"We respect his decision to retire and thank him for his five years in Pittsburgh. We wish him the best in his future endeavors."
After racking up 15.5 sacks with consistent quarterback pressure over the past two seasons, Worilds entered the new league year No. 10 on Around The NFL's list of the Top 101 free agents.
If this is the end, Worilds will finish his five-year career with 204 tackles with 25.5 sacks.
Worilds - “I appreciate all of the interest from the organizations that have reached out to us the past few days,’’ Worilds wrote on Twitter early Wednesday morning. “With that being said, after much thought & consideration I have chosen to step away from football as I have opted to pursue other interests.
“I am especially grateful of the opportunity to play before some of the greatest fans in football today. Despite any concern and speculation that may ensue, I appreciate those that are respectful of my decision.”
When a Jehovahs Witness opens her Burger King drive through, she finds cash!
A woman in New Hampshire resident Janelle Jones, was not prepared for what she actually received in her drive through order. Instead of a Sweet Tea and Junior Spicy Chicken Sandwich like ordered, she finds a pile of cash, $2, 631.00 actually.
Jones called her husband and they both decided to return the large sum of money even though they admit it would come in very useful in their lives. And as it turns it out it was the restaurants Bank deposit that had some how mistakenly been misplaced.
Mathew Jones says that he and his wife are "Jehovahs Witnesses and that Jehovah sees everything". There strong convictions on bible principles brought them to this decision.
Burger King confirmed the report but declined to comment.
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