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Jehovah’s Witnesses Stand Firm Against Nazi Assault

Educator's DVD:
Classroom (28 minutes) & Scholar Edition (78 minutes) (Brooklyn, NY: Watch Tower Society, 1996)

Educator's Study Guide:
Free download English (Brooklyn, NY: Watch Tower Society, 1996)
Free download Spanish (Brooklyn, NY: Watch Tower Society, 1996)

Description :
Jehovah's Witnesses were a small group of ordinary people who refused to conform to Nazi ideology, resulting in brutal persecution. Despite being offered a chance for freedom if they signed a document renouncing their faith, most refused. In this DVD, 10 historians from Europe and North America, and more than 20 Witness survivors, join in relating a story of courage and triumph that must be told. World premiere on November 6, 1996 at the Ravensbrück Concentration Camp Memorial in Germany.

Classroom Edition DVD was prepared specifically for schools and can be shown in a single class period, with time for group discussion and activities.

56-page Study Guide includes lesson plan, classroom activities, survivor profiles with discussion questions, selected readings, glossary, chronology, and transcript. Teachers have used the experience of Jehovah's Witnesses in Holocaust studies, history, social studies, religion, government, civics, ethics, sociology, psychology, language, literature, language arts, and creative writing to raise important moral questions about peer pressure, bystanderism, and the law of conscience.

 

Purple Triangles

The True Story of A German Family. (UK: Starlock Pictures, 1991.)
Description :
The story of the Kusserows, a family of Jehovah's Witnesses living in Germany during World War ll. A true story of courage and endurance in the face of almost unbearable suffering. DVD available.

 

Unbroken Will

The Extraordinary Courage of an Ordinary Man. Bernhard Rammerstorfer. (New Orleans, LA: Grammaton Press, 2004. New Orleans.)

Description: Reveals the extraordinary depth of an ordinary man's inner strength. Locked in a life and death struggle, Leopold Engleitner, now 101 years old, faces and triumphs over Nazi wrath. Educational DVD available at www.rammerstorfer.cc

 

Knocking

(2006, San Francisco: Open Door Productions)
Description : Joseph Kempler, 76, survived six Nazi concentration camps as a Polish Jewish teenager. His admiration for Jehovah's Witness prisoners in Nazi camps moved him to become a Witness after liberation. Joseph still finds it difficult to overcome the losses he suffered during the Holocaust as a teenager. Program was shown nationwide on PBS on May 22, 2007, as part of the Independent Lens series. DVD and study guide available at engardio.com/knocking. (See Study Guides for online study guide.)

 

Fear Not—
Persecution and Resistance of Jehovah’s Witnesses under
the Nazi Regime

(Berlin: Drei Linden Media, 1997)  
Description : Combines first-person descriptions of events with historical footage, photos and eye-witness accounts of the persecution and resistance of Jehovah’s Witnesses during the Nazi regime. Video available from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Book Shop at www.ushmm.org
This DVD is also available in Italian, Polish, French, Spanish

 

 

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