Life Savers Ministry (Trigger warning: Music auto-play embedded in site.) looks like a diverse, racially-inclusive organization ministering to children from all walks of life, but particularly those living in the projects. By all appearances, founder James Anderegg is involved with the ministry and knows the children it serves. So what went wrong? What led the organization to use a quote from Adolf Hitler, and one associated with the Hitler Youth, no less? Anderegg hasn’t really offered much in the way of explanation except to say that he probably should have quoted Hoover instead.
A billboard at the Village Mall in Auburn, Ala., features five smiling kids beneath a quote from Adolf Hitler: “He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.”
According to Lamar Advertising’s Montgomery office, the billboard was rented out by Life Savers Ministries, based in Opelika, Ala.
Hitler’s quote traces back to his speeches of the ’30s, and has historically been tied to the Nazi youth programs.
The billboard went up Friday and will be taken down Tuesday, per LSM’s request.
“We are pulling the billboard and certainly never intended to cause confusion. … Herbert Hoover would have been a far better one to quote when he said, ‘Children are our most valuable resource,'” founder James Anderegg told the Ledger-Enquirer. “We are a children’s organization and had honorable intentions and nothing less.”