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Nazi Conciliation

Definitions of conciliate are

  • Pacify: cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of; "She managed to mollify the angry customer"
  • Reconcile: come to terms; "After some discussion we finally made up"
  • Accommodate: make compatible with; "The scientists had to accommodate the new results with the existing theories"
  • Appease: make peace with
  •  It is undeniable that the Jehovah’s Witnesses suffered a terrible fate at the hands of the Nazi dictator Hitler.  However prior to to persecution the Watchtower was clearly in favor of the German Government and actually praised it for its values. The Watchtower, in their usual fasion, later went on to deny that their was any conciliation with the Nazi party.

    Yearbook 1934 p.134

     

    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 hour 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 that therefore the charges against us are maliciously false and could proceed only from Satan, our great enemy.

    The greatest and the most oppressive empire on earth is the Anglo-American empire. By that 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.

    [Emphasis Added]

    Yearbook 1934 p.135

    The present government of Germany has declared emphatically against Big Business oppressors and in opposition to the wrongful religious influence in the political affairs of the nations. Such is exactly our position.

    [Emphasis Added]

    Yearbook 1934 Page 136

    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 and will give to the people peace and prosperity and the greatest desire of every honest heart.

    [Emphasis Added]

    Yearbook 1934 p.137

    A careful examination of our books and literature will disclose the fact that the very high ideals held and promulgated by the present national government are set forth in and endorsed and strongly emphasized in our publications and show that Jehovah God will see to it that these high ideals in due time will be attained by all persons who love righteousness[…]

    [Emphasis Added]

    Yearbook 1934 p.138

    "Let us remind the government and the people of Germany, that it was the League of Nations compact that laid upon the shoulders of the German people the great unjust and unbearable burdens. That the League of Nations compact was not brought forth by the friends of Germany."

    [Emphasis Added]

    1974 Explanation for 1934 Nazi Conciliation

    Yearbook 1974 p.111

    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 Dresden, 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 by the name of Kipper refused to offer it for adoption and another brother substituted. It could not be rightfully said that the declaration was unanimously adopted, even though Brother Balzereit later notified Brother Rutherford that it had been…

    …the declaration had been weakened and many of the brothers could not wholeheartedly agree to its adoption…

    [Emphasis Added]

    1998 Explanation for 1934 Nazi Conciliation

    Awake! July 8, 1998 page 14

    According to the account in the 1974 Yearbook of Jehovah's Witnesses, some German Witnesses were disappointed that the language of the "Declaration" was not more explicit in tone. Had the branch office manager, Paul Balzereit, weakened the text of the document? No, for a comparison of the German and the English texts shows that this is not the case. Evidently, an impression to the contrary was based on the subjective observations of some who were not directly involved in the preparation of the "Declaration." Their conclusions may also have been influenced by the fact that Balzereit renounced his faith only two years later.

    [Emphasis Added]

    Awake! July 8, 1998 page 12

    Some now hold that the 1933 Berlin convention and the "Declaration of Facts" were attempts on the part of prominent Witnesses to show support for the Nazi government and its hatred of the Jews. But their assertions are not true. They are based on misinformation and on misinterpretation of the facts.

    [Emphasis Added]

    Awake! July 8, 1998 page 14

    [regarding the 1934 statement about no "money contributed to our work by Jews" and "commercial Jews of the British-American empire…exploiting and oppressing the peoples of many nations"]

    This statement clearly did not refer to the Jewish people in general, and it is regrettable if it had been misunderstood and has given cause for any offense.

    [Emphasis Added]

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