First Jehovah's Witness Executed for Refusing to Serve in German Military Hot

In the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, August Dickman becomes the first Jehovah's Witness to be executed for refusing to serve in the German military. He is publicly shot by firing squad in front of the other prisoners because the SS hope that it will convince Jehovah's Witnesses to abandon their pacifist attitudes and start showing more respect for the Nazi authorities.

Not only did they fail to achieve this goal, but the other Witnesses reportedly ask to be martyred as well.

All Jehovah's Witnesses refuse to serve in the military, and this is one of the reasons for their persecution by the Nazis.

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