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International Bible Students Association
WATCH TOWER BIBLE & TRACT SOCIETY.
Peoples Pulpit Association
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The World War worked greater havoc in Germany and in a more material way than probably in any other nation involved. Out of the depths of their sorrow many of the German people have turned to the Lord and have received comfort. As our faithful brethren there have been moved by the spirit of the Master they have gone forward under adverse conditions giving the witness concerning the kingdom. In 1925 there was a measure of recovery in a material way, but 1926 has been a year of great depression in Germany and the people have had a hard way financially. The efforts of the governments to stabilize monetary conditions have caused general unemployment and high cost of living.
Notwithstanding the great scarcity of money there has been a wide witness given to the Truth - a decided increase over 1925. In the year 1926 in Germany there were sold to the people, and delivered, books and booklets to the number of 3,328,658 volumes. This was a decided increase over the year previous. In addition thereto our own plant there printed and sent out 7, 615,440 copies of THE WATCH TOWER and THE GOLDEN AGE; and the London resolution and discourse, produced in the form of volunteer matter, were distributed this year in Germany to the number of 12,764,000 copies, freely to the people.
Meetings were held for the German public to the number of 2,816, with a total attendance of 464,512; and the meetings for the interested numbered 87,791, with an a~tendanee of 3,010,731. There have been engaged in the service twenty pilgrims regularly. In addition to this there have been auxiliary pilgrims in the service, under the direction of the SOCIETY, to the number of 222, which is an increase of 90 over 1925.
The brethren in Germanya re very sel~-sacrificing and are putting forth their best efforts to let it be known that Jehovah is God and that Christ is King. Special effort was put forth there during I. B. S. A. service week. In that week there were sold and delivered in Germany books and booklets to the total of 1,348,582 copies. It may be of interest here to remark that since the World War the SOCIETY’S books and booklets in Germany have gone into the hands of the people to the number of 10,108,502 volumes, which means practically an average of one for each family. Of course every family has not the literature as yet, but this shows a tremendous witness.
During the year 109 new classes were organized in Germany and enthusiastically took up the service work. Besides this there are many towns wherein are small numbers who are interested in the Truth but who are not yet fully organized for the service. During the year 1926 there were 55 fewer colporteurs in Germany than in 1925 ; nevertheless, the sales were greater. Greater numbers have entered the class service work, and this probably accounts for the fewer colporteurs and the greater number of sales. Some of the German colporteurs have been moved into Austria and Czecho-Slovakia to try to carry on the work there. The number of class workers engaged during the year in Germany was, to wit: 12,000. In addition to these regular worksrs there were many others working part time.
At Magdeburg our German headquarters is located. It has the SOCIETY’S best printing plant in Europe, aria is now equipped with modern machinery, has its own electric light and power plant, houses all the workers and feeds them, has some ground on which to grow vegetables; and about 170 brethren are engaged in the work there. Our German brethren are becoming expert in the manufacture of books. Only in the last few months however, has the Magdeburg factory been able to produce good cloth-bound books, and that only since cloth began to be shipped there from America. The Magdeburg factory during the year produced as follows: Cloth bound books, 555,000; paper bound large volumes 460,000; booklets, 2,272,000; magazines, 7,154,000; free literature, Testimonies, etc., 17,411,330; making a grand total of 27,852,330 pieces produced.
There have been sent out from the Magdeburg factory this year 60,270 parcels and 9,663 boxes or cases of literature. In addition thereto, in Germany are maintained nine shipping depots from which shipments are made. The total parcels and boxes shipped from Magdeburg and branches are, to wit: 340,000. Letters received during the year 90,920; dispatched 78,099.
Notwithstanding the great amount of work accomplished in Germany there has also been much opposition. The Devil has been warring against those who keep the commandments of God in giving the witness, and who have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Many of ’them have been arrested and haled into court. This required the employment of lawyers and many legal battles. There have been pending in the courts this year in Germany cases against 897 brethren. Out of this number 460 of the actions have been tried and completed and there remain 487 cases yet undisposed of. In 4~1 of these actions the brethren were acquitted, and in 95 they were fined because of technicalities and failures of the attorneys to take advantage of the legal points at proper times.
Of course this effort on the part of the adversary has been designed to discourage the brethren and hinder the work. It became necessary to install a legal department at the Magdeburg headquarters, with a brother in charge who is familiar with the law, in order to look after our brethren who were arrested. The Lord has sustained them and they go on with joy. The German brethren are happy because they know that they are giving a witness to their fellow creatures, and that soon the kingdom of God will be in full force and the people will be relieved from their distress and suffering.