Advocacy During the World Wars in Germany
Since the European Division headquarters was located in Germany, the Adventist churches experienced difficult getting together, within the peripheral of Europe. The German Adventist church was not able to come to an agreement with the German authorities and they were very restricted. Not until January 2, 1923, did European Adventist leaders officially go on record as opposing all combatant service and Sabbath work other than of a humanitarian nature.107
It was the Gland statement (an agreement statement made by European Adventists) that specified the reasons for the Seventh-day Adventist position. It also recognized that each church member possessed “absolute liberty to serve his country, at all times and in all places, in accord with the dictates of his personal conscientious conviction.”108 However, German Adventists situation was different from the rest of Europe. Similarly to America, the German church left the decision completely to individual.
By the grace of God, a number of German draftees were able to arrange for assignment to noncombatant service in the medical corps in later.109 German Adventists were showed the most suffered group from combatancy services.