HONOR AND REMEMBER JEHOVAH'S WITNESS VICTIMS
OF THE NAZI ERA
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM.ORG)
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW, Washington D.C. 20024-2126
DATE October 5, 2006
10:00 AM to 5:30 PM
HONOR AND REMEMBER JEHOVAH'S WITNESS VICTIMS OF THE NAZI ERA
The Holocaust was the systematic state-sponsored murder of 6 million Jews by Nazi
Germany and its collaborators during World War II. In Nazi Germany during the
years 1933- 1945, Jehovah’s Witnesses faced intense harassment, imprisonment,
and death for the sake of their faith. Their insistent dedication only to God
and their firm refusal to abandon their beliefs made Jehovah’s Witnesses
dangerous in the eyes of a regime that tolerated no rivals for the allegiance
of the German people. The courage the vast majority of Jehovah’s Witnesses
displayed in holding to their beliefs, despite Nazi persecution, won them the
respect of many contemporaries.
10:30 AM - 11: 15 AM
Lecture Presentation on history of Jehovah’s Witness Victims during the
Holocaust. Museum historian William Meinecke will discuss the history between
the years of 1933-1945 in Nazi Occupied Europe.
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
First Person with Magdalena Kusserow Reuter. A conversation with Ms.
Kusserow, whose family was persecuted by the Nazis for their principles and
beliefs as Jehovah’s Witness, and who was imprisoned in the Ravensbrück
Concentration Camp in Germany.
1:30 PM-2:15 PM
Lecture Presentation on art and artifacts of Jehovah’s Witness Victims during
the Holocaust. Curator Suzy Snyder will discuss the artifacts, documents, and
photos in the Museum’s collections related to the Holocaust history of
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
First Person with Franz Wolfhart. A conversation with Mr. Wolfhart, who was
sent to the German concentration camp Rollwald Ragnau 2 and survived by
working in a commandant’s house as an artist.
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM
Lecture Presentation on Jehovah’s Witness Holocaust history on the USHMM
website, including the history of “Stand Fast,” a song written by Witness
Erich Frost while imprisoned in the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp in 1942.
(Interview with Johannes S. Wrobel, archivist and historian of the History
Archive of Jehovah's Witnesses at Selters/Taunus, Germany.) Musicologist Bret
Werb and Outreach Technology Specialist David Klevan will present.
Display of Jehovah’s Witness related
artifacts 10 – 5:30 p.m.
Rotating Excerpts of Jehovah’s
Witness Oral History Recordings 10 – 5:30 p.m.
Rotating Film related to
Jehovah’s Witness Holocaust History 10:30 - 4:30
Survivor's Registry set-up for
new entries and Collections Processing –10 – 5:30
On October 5th, the Museum offered a full
day of programs and small artifact display about Jehovah’s Witness Victims of
the Nazi era.