BahaiTeachings.org managing editor David Langness tells the riveting, powerful story of the Baha’i community in Europe during the reign of the Nazis. The Nazi regime outlawed the Baha’i Faith in 1937, put the Baha’is on trial and sent many to their death in the concentration camps—but no matter how hard they tried, they could never exterminate Baha’u’llah’s mission to establish love, hope, and the unity of humanity.

If you would like to read more on this subject check out David Langness’ 17 part series Baha’is and Nazis.

The opinions and views expressed in this article are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of BahaiTeachings.org or any institution of the Baha’i Faith.

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  • Steve Dighton
    3 days ago
    David, Very timely. Thank you. We'll be looking at the rest of your series on Nazis.
    PS: We are "voices" from your past (late 1970's). You may remember us from So. Cal. when we made slide programs from the Writings and you were our ABM Assistant.
  • Ashkan Taheri
    5 days ago
    Thank you David for sharing this. I had no adea about persecution of Baha'ies during Nazis.
  • Grace E. Reed
    Mar 16, 2017
    David, when are you presenting the rest of your videos on this subject?
  • Judith Behrendt
    Mar 15, 2017
    Please consider changing the name of your series "Baha'is and Nazis." If a person saw that phrase and knew nex to nothing about the Faith, they may only read that phrase and link the two in the heads ever after. They may somehow believe that the Baha'is and Nazi's were in cahoots.
  • Ivor Ellard
    Mar 15, 2017
    I remember years ago meeting an old german Baha'i, a Frau Walker, She was ordered to burn her Baha'i books, so she put them all in the stove { one of those huge old fashioned tile covered stoves} She told the Gestapo "I have put them in the stove" because she would not lie. But from then on till the war finished, whatever the weather, the stove was never lit.
    • Ashkan Taheri
      5 days ago
      This is a beatiful story! Thanks for sharing it.
  • Don Hyde
    Mar 15, 2017
    Globalist Cabal Elite Pushed both World Wars. They even Coined the very Word NAZI. Divide and Conquer by False Flags and Inhumane suffering!
    Proof here. https://justice4germans.wordpress.com/ Adolf Hitler was caught more than Once during WW1. Yet lived on? Right up to 1933, before coming into power? Nothing Done? Britain Bombed Germany First! Even Civilians being illegal.
    Geamany in Fact tried to surrounder in both Wars. Even before Cabal/Oligahery pushed for it in First Place!
    I know the Baha'is want a World of Unity and Peace? But, Please not The Evil Soulless Microchiped One. By these War Mongers!
  • Diego James
    Mar 15, 2017
    Wait a min... if the Baha'is are pulling for the new world order. Isn't that apart of that movement?
    • Diego James
      Mar 19, 2017
      There's only one way to unify the nwo. Because if you were to ask the citizens of the world, is almost certain they'd disagree. Only a select few selected our fate ? Instead of us choosing and writing our own.
    • Don Hyde
      Mar 15, 2017
      They wish for Unity of NWO and not an Evil One by force? Say Micrchipped On!
    • Don Hyde
      Mar 15, 2017
      They want one of Unity. But others want an Evil Soulless NWO! That is the difference? https://justice4germans.wordpress.com/ Good Speech above. But have a look at this site? Who really coined the Word NAZI and Let the Likes of Adolf Hitler. Live on and get into Power.
  • Mar 15, 2017
    Very scholarly but accessible, thank you! Research can reveal truths that precipitate change - and it can be historical research like this!
  • Ajit Giani
    Mar 14, 2017
    I am reading "Rebirth" the memoirs of Renee Szanto-Felberman, a Hungarian Jew, who spent time in Germany, became a Bahai, and survived Nazi rule, sheds great light on the topic.
  • Mar 14, 2017
    Yes, Shoghi Effendi wrote that the Nazis were the antithesis of the Baha'i Faith, in a letter written in June, 1947 concerning the role in the world of the United States:
    "This nation, moreover, may well claim to have, as a result of its effective participation in both the first and second world wars, redressed the balance, saved mankind the horrors of devastation and bloodshed involved in the prolongation of hostilities, and decisively contributed, in the course of the latter conflict, to the overthrow of the exponents of ideologies fundamentally at variance with the universal tenets of our Faith."
    ("Citadel ...of Faith," p. 35)
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