Michael Tsifidaris: “An Elder from Hamburg”

Michael Tsifidaris - Jehovah's Witnesses spokesperson in Hamburg

Michael Tsifidaris, Spokesperson for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Hamburg, Germany In a news article entitled “Thousands Attend Memorial Service for Victims of the Hamburg Shooting”, published April 10, 2023, Jehovah’s Witnesses fail to name the man they have used as spokesperson for the Hamburg Shooting. However, they are quick to name both Mark Sanderson (member of […]

The Hamburg Shooter

The Hamburg Shooter

One of Jehovah’s Witnesses kills seven, injures eight more in Hamburg, Germany, before killing himself. HAMBURG, GERMANY: As more information emerges about the Hamburg shooter, we are beginning to create a picture of the individual who shot and killed 7 fellow Jehovah’s Witnesses¹ before turning the gun on himself. Here is what we know thus far. […]

Killing Spree at a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses

killing spree at kingdom hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Hamburg, Germany

Man kills eight, injuring many more at a kingdom hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Hamburg, Germany HAMBURG, GERMANY: A 35-year-old man, who was disfellowshipped from the Jehovah’s Witnesses some 18 months ago, forces entry to a kingdom hall where a language group were holding a religious service, and kills 8 persons, injuring many more. There […]

GERMANY: Abuse Commission focuses on Jehovah’s Witnesses

GERMANY: Abuse Commission focuses on Jehovah's Witnesses

The Independent Commission for the Study of Child Sexual Abuse wants to take a closer look at allegations of abuse among Jehovah’s Witnesses. The Independent Commission on Child Sexual Abuse has announced that it will investigate allegations of abuse among Jehovah’s Witnesses. Originally published in German on Merkur.de. Berlin – The Independent Commission for the […]

GERMANY: Have Jehovah’s Witnesses Covered Up Abuse?

Germany - Have Jehovah's Witnesses covered up abuse?

When there is abuse within the family, there is little help from the community: What is behind such descriptions by members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses? The research conducted by the BR political magazine Kontrovers decribes a parallel justice system under the cloak of the Bible. Originally Published on BR24 on May 12, 2021 by Anna […]

GERMANY: Should Jehovah’s Witnesses have their KdöR status revoked?

Jehovah's Witnesses' KdöR status

Originally published on Humanistischer Pressedienst by Julius Rupprecht on 16 February 2021 The statements of a cult expert about the practices of Jehovah’s Witnesses are true and therefore permissible. The District Court of Zurich has found that regularly criticized practices of Jehovah’s Witnesses such as the so-called ostracism and the two-witness rule are actually enforced, contrary to […]

GERMANY: First Her Faith, then Her Previous Life Lost

First Her Faith

After questioning the teachings, a woman shares the difficulty of moving on as a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses Originally published on Niederrhein Nachrichten by Lorelies Christian on February 24, 2021 For me as an NN editor, letters to the editor based on reporting are nothing unusual. But then came a reaction that touched me very much: […]

GERMANY: State Parliament Commemorates Suffering of Jehovah’s Witnesses by Nazis

Germany: State Parliament commemorates the suffering of Jehovah's Witnesses by Nazis

Originally published in Stuttgarter Nachrichten on January 27, 2021. Muhterem Aras, the President of the Baden-Württemberg state parliament, paid tribute to the resistance of Jehovah’s Witnesses against National Socialism on Wednesday, January 27th, 2021. She recalled that even then the Jehovah’s Witnesses had described the Nazi ideology as “the rule of the devil on earth”. Stuttgart […]

GERMANY: Sophie Jones’ Life after Jehovah’s Witnesses

Sophie Jones Life after Jehovah's Witnesses

Hailing from Leipzig, at only 18 years of age, Sophie Jones first had to learn how to lead a self-determined life after leaving the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Today she supports an association that helps sect dropouts and takes part in the Miss Germany election. “What do I want from life? Do I want everything to be prescribed […]