Similar to the US, the difficulties began in German Adventist shortly after the Nazis came to power in 1933.89 It was “the policy of conscription that caused the most hardship to individual Adventist members.90
During world wars, “some 2,000 German Adventists were called into military service, and 257 lost their lives. Even Adventist ministers and colporteurs were not exempt.91 “In 1933, The Germans dissolved the church in the states of Prussia and Hesse and confiscated church property.”92
According to the report in 1950, “Adventist officials in Germany estimated that more than 3,000 church members, including fifty ministers, had been killed during the war, another 1,285 were missing. More than 16,000 had lost their homes through relocation—forced or voluntary.”93
Under the autocratic governments of Germany and Russia, their conscription laws made no provisions for noncombatant service for conscientious objectors.94 “Even the Adventist girls were required to spend six months in the Labor Corps. Exemption from Sabbath work proved very difficult for both youth and adults who soon found their employment dictated by the Nazi Labor Front.”95
Nazi Germany was one of the most restrictive countries on conscription. Compared to America, German Adventists faced more difficulties, no exemption of ministers or girls, and confiscation of church property and land, eventually led to many deaths.
The Nazi government’s intention was cruel, so the war was unjust. In these circumstances, it was not appropriate for German Adventists to joint the military service. It is against the Adventist church’s belief.