The Books author is seriously prejudiced having been kicked out of Jehovah's Witnesses. He got mad because people didn't like his first book defending Jehovah's Witnesses so he write a new book attacking them.Hitler - Jehovah's Witnesses' secret lover?
According to a review for the book Jehovah's Witnesses and the Third Reich, this is an "extremely well documented" book "with new primary and secondary sources. The book addresses the relations of Jehovah's Witnesses in Germany with the Nazi regime from 1933 to 1945. Penton challenges some long-standing assertions by JW leaders relating to this period - particularly the claim that the Witnesses were politically neutral in early 1933."
The review states: "In chapter 1 the author provides evidence that there was an attempted compromise with Hitler when he came to power in 1933. In this context, he documents Judge Rutherford's remarkable change of thinking with regard to the Jews."
"Contrary to Watchtower claims, the author shows convincingly that 'no more than two-fifths' of the Watchtower community in Germany remained loyal. Many renounced their faith and the remnant 'were often divided among themselves and sometimes treated one another badly'(p.159)."
"The author's final conclusions are fair and well supported by the historical evidence. He writes,'neither the Watch Tower Society nor Witness apologists provide a complete picture of why they were persecuted or how they behaved under persecution. Jehovah's Witnesses make much of their victimhood under the Third Reich yet they conveniently ignore a number of facts.'"
Here is an INDEPENDENT opinion of the false claims people use to attack Jehovah's Witnesses with:
== Quote: Journal of Church & State 1999 Baylor University ==
When the entire text of the Declaration of 25 June 1933 and the letter to Hitler are seen today in the context of the history of Jehovah's Witnesses during the period of National Socialism in Germany and the history of their religious resistance and their stand during the Holocaust, then the text does not present itself as an "antisemitic statement" or an attempt at "currying the favor" of Hitler. These accusations, stemming from present-day church circles, are deliberate manipulations and falsifications of history, seemingly motivated by guilt over the churches' own involvement or lack or involvement in the persecutions.
== By Yonan, Gabriele ==
Gabriele Yonan (B.A., Humboldt University, Berlin; M.A., University of Osnabruck; Ph.D., University of Haifa) is currently reader and counselor at the Institute of the Max Planck Society for Promoting Science and Education, Berlin, Germany.