The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum!

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An unprecedented event is being hosted by:

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum!

The Museum is dedicating an entire day to highlighting the intense

persecution endured by Jehovah’s Witnesses under the Nazi regime.

The Presentation is Entitled: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum!

October 5, 2006

Background: Actions against Jehovah’s Witnesses as a Group and its individual members spanned the Nazi years 1933 to 1945. The Nazi regime targeted Jehovah’s Witnesses for persecution because they refused (out of religious conviction and an unwavering attachment to their God, Jehovah) to swear loyalty to the State, to raise their arms in the ‘Heil Hitler’ salute, or in any other way support the bloodshed. Jehovah’s Witnesses, having no interest in political affairs, engaged in missionary activity to teach others from the Bible. The Nazis concluded that the refusal to commit to the State and their efforts to proselytize were overtly political, subversive acts and responded with economic and extreme political harassment resulting in imprisonment.

Unlike Jews, Roma (Gypsies), Blacks and other groups, whom the Nazis targeted for perceived racial reasons, Jehovah’s Witnesses had the option to avoid persecution and personal harm by submitting to State authority and serving in the armed forces. Such submission, they believed, would violate their religious beliefs, and moreover, would prove disloyalty to their Creator. The vast majority of Jehovah’s Witnesses refused to abandon their faith even in the face of persecution, torture in concentration camps, or death.

In the aftermath of World War II, the world confronted the legacy of the Holocaust.

Many of the issues raised by this cataclysmic event continue to have an impact on

our lives and the world in which we live.

This presentation, Focus on Jehovah’s Witnesses, will serve as a teaching aid and as a prototype for future presentations dedicated to other groups affected by this atrocity.

Event/Location Time

Presentation on History of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Meyerhoff Theater (simulcast in Rubi)
10:30am – 11:15am

First Person with Magdalena Kusserow Reuter

Meyerhoff Theater (simulcast in Rubi)
11:30am – 12:30pm

Presentation on Arts & Artifacts of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Meyerhoff Theater (simulcast in Rubi)
1:30pm – 2:15pm

First Person with Franz Wolfhart

Meyerhoff Theater (simulcast in Rubi)
2:30pm – 3:30pm

Presentation on Website and Jehovah’s Witness Song

(Kingdom Melody) (most downloaded)

Meyerhoff Theater (simulcast in Rubi)
3:45pm – 4:30pm

Exhibit of Jehovah’s Witnesses and Related Artifacts

Classroom D
10:00am – 5:30pm

Jehovah’s Witnesses Oral History Recordings from

The Learning Center Classroom A
10:00am – 5:30pm

The Purple Triangle Film – Shown seven (7) times

Classroom B
10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30

Survivors Registry Set-up for New Entries and Collections Processing – 2nd Floor Learning Ctr.
10:00am – 5:30pm

Please Note the Following Important Information:

No tickets or passes are needed to attend this Special Event. The Holocaust Memorial Museum is open to the public.

Contact Information for the Museum:

<> United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place,
SW Washington, DC 20024-2126
Main telephone: (202) 488-0400
It is suggested that you car-pool or use the Metro, as parking space will be limited.

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