Yet many of them are victims of this community, which promises paradise -- but for many, becomes a hell on earth.It's a community that presumes to have a say in who its young people marry.Some 40,000 Witnesses are expected to attend the event on each of the three days it will last. family has brought their two daughters to the event. It's only their purple plastic nametags that give them away: Written above the name is the phrase "Let God's Kingdom Come!
Because he chose freedom and his current girlfriend, he is "essentially parentless," he says.
Dortmund is home to the largest district convention of Jehovah's Witnesses in the country.
The majority of those following the faith in Germany hail from the Ruhr region, which is densely populated and has relatively high unemployment. The girls' skirts might be a little longer and the children might look a bit more nicely coiffed, but it would be difficult to assign this group of people to any particular faith community.
No premarital sex and countless hours of Bible study.
These are just some of the conditions those who fall for a Jehovah's Witness must adhere to. She has painted her fingernails, polished her patent leather shoes and donned a new dress from H&M.