How the Helmeth Hübener Story was Suppressed

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How the Helmeth Hübener Story was Suppressed

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Helmeth Hübener was the young Mormon boy who protested against the Nazis and became the youngest person ever executed by the Nazis. He was even excommunicated by the Church for being anti-Nazi. (The Stake President who did the ex-communication later emigrated to the US and worked for the Church).

The Hübener story became known and was celebrated by some Mormons not steeped in the LDS/Nazi connection. A professor at BYU wrote a play about Hübener which became an overnight sensation and the one-night performance was extended to two weeks. On the twelfth night, Elder Thomas S. Monson and BYU President Dallin Oaks attended the play. They were not happy.

After the war, the Church had taken in a lot of German refugees, many of whom were members of the Nazi party, had fought in the war, and some of who were even members of the SS who had run the concentration camps and crematoriums. To them, Hübener was a traitor to the Fatherland because he disobeyed the LDS 12th article of faith about being loyal to murderous dictators. They contacted Elder Monson because of his long association with Germany.

The play was ordered to be shut down. The BYU playwright was ordered to not show or allow his play to be reproduced again. The Third Reich had a win from the grave.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yod6VoT4arg
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Sounds about right for our fascist, follow the brethren no matter what, church. Rumor has it that the former Nazis were the bell ringers in the wards, making sure that schedules were followed, or certain penalties would be imposed.
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Re: How the Helmeth Hübener Story was Suppressed

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I think this highlights a fundamental issue with the 12th Article of Faith, which reads “ We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.” If your ruler is a Nazi Government who passes laws such as The Nuremberg Laws - “announced after the annual Nazi party rally in Nuremberg on 15 September 1935. The two laws authorized arrests of, and violence against, Jews.” Are you, as a German Mormon obligated under the 12th Article Of Faith to obey, honour and sustain violence against Jews?

The 12th Article of Faith today exhorts members in America, for example, to be subject to Trump and to obey, honour and sustain the laws he enacts. It ranks God behind earthly rulers and pits members of the Church against each other when their rulers come into conflict. It’s another example of a Church doctrine that hasn’t been thought through for the long term. It lacks divine insight.

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