Sunday, March 29, 2015

World War II-era Jehovah's Witnesses Pamphlets

Recently I purchased a stack of Jehovah's Witnesses tracts published during the Second War. The covers' imagery offers graphic representation of the Christian denomination's stance on totalitarianism, freedom, and religious salvation in a time of global unrest.


Yellowed and falling apart, these pamphlets are relics, and the Watchtower Tower Bible And Tract Society presence in the buildings where they were produced is soon to be a thing of the past too, as Jehovah's Witnesses have sold off the bulk of its New York-area real estate holdings. (The addresses listed on the pamphlets are 117 Adams Street and 124 Columbia Heights in Brooklyn, New York.) Articles from 2013 on the exodus here and here.


Coolopolis Montreal said...

Question: Here in Montreal the JWs were savagely oppressed by Premier Duplessis in the 50s, causing lots of fuss. An old timer told me, however, that the pamphlets they were handing out downtown were incredibly savage and defamatory towards Quebec. I've been trying to find a pamphlet to judge. Any idea?

Joe Bonomo said...

I'm afraid I can't help you, CM!