The Reimann family (believed to be the second-wealthiest in Germany with a $37 billion fortune) just confirmed its past support for the Nazi regime following a report alleging as much in one of Germany’s most popular papers.
This is the family behind JAB Holdings. And even if you don’t know JAB, you know JAB. It’s sunk about $60 billion into acquiring brands that dominate many Americans’ morning routines—from Peet’s and Keurig Green Mountain coffee to Panera Bread and Einstein Bros. Bagels.
Now-deceased members of the Reimann family used Russian civilians and French POWs as forced labor for their businesses and private villas during the Third Reich, and they contributed to Nazi organizations as early as 1931.
The Reimann offspring said they’ll donate about $11.3 million after learning the extent of the family’s Nazi ties. Where the money will go? TBD. Zoom out: The Reimanns aren’t the first German dynasty owning up to Nazi ties decades later—other companies include Hugo Boss, Daimler, Deutsche Bank, and more.
Else Woieziek, a Jehovah's Witness sentenced to death and executed in 1944. Düsseldorf, Germany, 1937–38
Heinrich Heine, a shop assistant from Neuss, Germany. He was placed in protective custody for participating in illegal activities as a Jehovah's Witness. Düsseldorf, Germany, 1937–38
Wolfgang Kusserow, standing third from the left in the last portrait taken of the family, was one of eleven children of Frans and Hilda Kusserow, devout Jehovah's Witnesses.
Last Letter of Wolfgang Kusserow. On this date in 1940, 25-year-old Wilhelm Kusserow was executed by firing squad at Münster Prison in Germany
One more time I am given the opportunity to write you. Well, now I your third son and brother, shall leave you tomorrow early in the morning. Be not sad, the time will come when we shall all be together again. Those who will sow with tears, will reap with joy. "Those sowing seed with tears will reap even with a joyful cry."
How great the joy will be, when we see all of us again, although it is not easy now to overcome all this, but through belief and hope in the King and His Kingdom we conquer the worst. "For I am convinced that neither death nor life nor angels nor governments nor things now here nor things to come nor powers nor height nor depth nor any other creation will be able to separate us from God's love that is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Rom 8:38-39).
So we confidently look forward to the future.
Dear Papa, I am sorry that I was not allowed to visit you early in December. Exactly one year ago from tomorrow I saw you and Hildegard for the last time. In the meantime I have visited Lenchen. It was a special joy for me to see Mummy once again. Well, dear Mummy, Annemarie read me your dear letter during her visit... It is fine that you are busy in the baking factory (prison), so you are at least in a warm room and you have something to eat. Lenchen is now in the concentration camp.
Thus we are all separated, but everybody is steady. Yes we shall be rewarded for all of this. Read this in James 1:12: "Happy is the man who keeps on enduring trials, because on becoming approved he will receive the crown of life, which Jehovah promised to those who continue loving Him."
Dear Annemarie, once more special thanks to you for all your endeavors. May this our Lord reward you. I have you all constantly in mind. That was a life, when we were all at home together! - And suddenly separated!
Well Satan knows that his time is short. Therefore, he tries with all his power to lead astray from God men of good will, but he will have no success. We know that our faith will be victorious.
In this faith and this conviction I leave you.
A last greeting from this old world in the hope of seeing you again soon in a New World.
This old Opel car was used by the Kusserows when they traveled house to house handing out religious tracts.
Helene Gotthold with her two children, Gerd and Gisela, in 1936. Arrested many times for defying the Nazi ban on Jehova's Witness activities, Helene was convicted, condemned to death, and beheaded on December 8, 1944, in Berlin. Gerd and Gisela survived.
Robert Wagemann, a physically disabled Jehovah's Witness child, sits on his hospital bed.
By Guest Nicole
Helene Gotthold, a Jehovah's Witness, was beheaded for her religious beliefs on December 8, 1944, in Berlin. She is pictured with her children. Germany, June 25, 1936.
Helene Gotthold, un testigo de Jehová, fue decapitada por sus creencias religiosas el 8 de diciembre de 1944 en Berlín. Está fotografiada con sus hijos. Alemania, 25 de junio de 1936.By Guest Nicole
Helene Gotthold, un testigo de Jehová, fue decapitada por sus creencias religiosas el 8 de diciembre de 1944 en BerlÃn. EstÃ¡ fotografiada con sus hijos. Alemania, 25 de junio de 1936.
By Guest Nicole
By Guest Nicole
1999 - An Untold Story of the Holocaust—Trinity University.pdf
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Monument to Witness Holocaust Survivor Unveiled in Germany
Rudolf Max Graichen German Holocaust Survivor 6/2/1925 Â– 1/31/2017
Rudolf Graichen ? Â‘All Jewish inmates in the camp were all prisoners without a choice. JehovahÂ’s Witnesses were the only prisoners in the camp with a choice, namely, to stay in there or to leave and go home again.Â’
Jehovah's Witnesses oral history collection<<click Â List the 123 items linked to this collectionÂ
“What Does the Purple Triangle Mean?”
“A FEW days ago, I received a copy of The Watchtower from one of Jehovah’s Witnesses,” wrote a civil servant working at the ministry of justice in Seoul, Republic of Korea. He continued: “Reading it, I learned some facts about the persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses under Nazi and Communist regimes. But I have a question. The cover photo shows Jehovah’s Witnesses with an inverted purple triangle on the left side of their coats. What does the purple triangle mean?”
In Germany under the Nazi regime, Jehovah’s Witnesses refused to heil Hitler, and they maintained neutrality on political and military issues. So the Nazis cruelly persecuted them, incarcerating some 12,000 Witnesses for varying lengths of time in prisons and concentration camps. About 2,000 of them died, hundreds being executed.
What did the purple triangle on their prison garb signify? “The various categories of prisoners in the [Nazi] camps carried special distinguishing marks,” explains the book Anatomy of the SS State. “The uniform system of marking introduced before the war consisted in sewing a triangular piece of material on to each prisoner’s uniform, the colour depending on his category: for political prisoners, red; for Jehovah’s Witnesses, purple; for anti-socials, black; for criminals, green; for homosexuals, pink; for emigrants, blue. In addition to the coloured triangle Jewish prisoners were made to wear a yellow triangle sewn on to the coloured triangle in such a way as to form the hexagonal Star of David.”
“If its moral significance is widely remembered in time,” wrote Professor John K. Roth in his book Holocaust Politics, “the purple triangle can yet be a shield against disaster, a shield whose triangular points direct our attention and commitment toward the good that most deserves human respect.” Jehovah’s Witnesses have produced the award-winning documentary Jehovah’s Witnesses Stand Firm Against Nazi Assault. Why not ask one of Jehovah’s Witnesses to make it possible for you to view this video?
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Excerpt: Jehovah's Witnesses Stand Firm Against Nazi Assault
By Guest Nicole
Por su presentación en un documental sobre el horror que tuvo que pasar por los Nazis, por mantenerse fiel a Jehová, Testigo de Jehová recibe prestigioso premio a sus 107 años de edad.
By Bible Speaks
‘Ladder in the Lions’ Den - Freedom is a Choice’
Given the choice between life and death, he found the courage to stand by his conscience. His refusal to join Hitler’s army and to give the “Heil Hitler” salute put him and thousands of other Jehovah’s Witnesses in the crosshairs of the Third Reich.
By Guest Nicole
The Canadian Prime Minister caused a storm of social media fury after his official statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day appeared to contain no mention of Jews. Justin Trudeau has already faced scrutiny for his Government’s handling of Canada’s relationship with Israel, especially when compared to that of the previous pro-Israel Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
His statement reads:
“On this day, we pay tribute to the memory of the millions of victims murdered during the Holocaust. We honour those who survived atrocities at the hands of the Nazi regime, and welcome their courageous stories of hope and perseverance.
“The Holocaust is a stark reminder of the dangers and risks of allowing hate, prejudice, and discrimination to spread unchallenged. It also reminds us that silence must never be an option when humanity is threatened.
“As we pause to educate ourselves and our families on the bitter lessons of the Holocaust, we also strengthen our resolve to work with domestic and international partners to continue defending human rights and condemning intolerance.”
The fact that there was no direct mention of the six million Jews who died during the Holocaust caused a stir on social media, with some users claiming that he was forgetting history.
Of course, Jews were not the only group targeted by the Nazis. Others to face murder in the concentration camps included homosexuals, the disabled, communists and Jehovah's Witnesses, among others. However, the fact that around two thirds of the Jews in Europe—around one third of the Jews worldwide at the time—were exterminated has forever linked the Holocaust with the Jews.
In response to the outrage, Trudeau posted a link to his statement on Twitter alongside a note about fighting anti-Semitism.
Most OnlineNewest Member