The Expulsion of the Twelve Tribes from Germany Causes Sadness
Link to the Spiegel Online article.
In a country that continuously calls out “Welcome” and “Germany is colorful” when politics and the media prompts it to do so (not before – I have for many years supported surviving refugees living under inhumane conditions, with very few others finding it interesting), is in this same country a community of peaceful, warm people persecuted, vilified, and now driven out (when politics and the media encourage).
Germany is colorful? Welcome? Do the new Welcome-callers actually admit that almost all refugee and migrant families educate their children with physical punishment, and that the children of these foreign cultures still love their parents in old age, honor, and cherish?
Should the future of all these children be like those of the Twelve Tribes children — torn away from their parents and re-educated in children’s homes?
Our country will be poorer without the Twelve Tribes, without their alternative way of life, their Hoffest, their humanity. I wish them better luck in their new homeland.
On August 24, 2015, the parents published this card from their daughter, Chaninah, written in October, 2013. How true her words, the words of an innocent child who loved her loving parents, still ring. This heart of Chaninah’s could not be denied, and so custody was returned completely to her parents in early August, 2015.
Dear Abba and Dear Ima,
How are you doing! I am doing ok. Thank you for the letters. Thank you very much for the package and all that was in it. The scarf, the tea (we drank it right away), the honey waffles, the wool and the card. We are the two sheep! I was very happy. Many greetings to Ishah Chadasha, I think she also helped with it.
I am so happy that we can see each other again in a few days. I can hardly wait. I hope our Father will soon bring us home again. Now we still have to wait a little while. We have to hold on to the hope, even though it is not easy!
Many greetings to everybody!!! I miss you all very, very much! I love you and appreciate you!!
Your daughter, Chaninah
Abba and Ima (or Imma) are how our children refer to their father (abba or source) and their mother (imma or foundation).
From our children in Argentina…
in honor of Shifchat-jah
Without me life is impossible
Because everyone needs company
To be able to be in harmony
And have a bond that is imperishable.
Wherever I go, I spread sweetness
as a comb dripping honey
Faithful I will always be
You will not fear for I am steadfast.
If you want to be with me
easy to reach you must be
and love your enemy
You must be friendly!
Can you tell who I am?... Friendship!
From Shifchat-jah, first posted January 14, 2014…
A life without love is lonely,
A life without hope is cruel,
A life without trust is empty,
but a life without good friends is no longer life.
How are you doing? I am doing o.k. I know it is not very easy for you right now, but endure. Our Father has a great plan for us.
Are you alone right now? Are you in a foster family or an orphanage?
I just want to let you know that I appreciate you for enduring. We were always good friends and we always liked each other. Now it is very different — through the use of the Jugendamt we don’t see each other anymore.
Isn’t it true, that a life without parents and good friends is no longer life? Often I think of the nice times we had together going swimming or milking goats together…
I wish we could just live together. We need to endure. I love you sooooooooooooooooo much! I miss you very, very much.
Your best friend forever,
P.S. I try everything so that I could visit you.
Yes, this is Shifchat-jah, the young girl
to return to her family in the Community,
writing to her friend, Nechonah
to return to her family in the Community.
May our Father keep and bless them!
They are best friends!
During my two-week stay in the community of the Twelve Tribes I only saw children with bright eyes. One boy took my boy by the hand right away, because he was a bit shy at first and he showed him everything and was explaining things very patiently.
He really always had such nice, shining eyes. After two years my son still talks about him and wants to help him to come back to his wonderful parents. The boy Noah drew many pictures with my son AND THEY WERE ALL JUST SUNNY, HAPPY PICTURES!
At a common supper one woman talked about her daughter who stayed in the so-called “free world” and went down a wrong path. While she was talking, she started crying; a five-year-old boy got up, left the room, and came back shortly after that and gave that woman a handkerchief. He said,
“Don’t cry, it will all be good again.”
Back then I was deeply touched and thought, ‘What child his age would respond that way where we come from?’ From my own experience as a mother I know that children this age are still very selfish.
The little children there did not know what it meant to take away a toy from another. They are used to sharing everything and helping each other. Do the 2 to 4-year-old children in this technocratic world act that way? I ask all mothers this question.
It really is a shame for us to scorn such kind-hearted people, and to take away happy, compassionate, helpful children from their parents, who only taught them all the good in life, and to conform them to our behavior patterns by force!!! … with all that goes along with it – television full of crimes, thrillers, violence, sex, and negative news, computer games, smartphones, which only harm our children.
These children differ in the way they treat each other, the adults, and the animals from our children in the positive! And all this good you, “dear ladies and gentlemen,” who think you are civilized, want to destroy??? … instead of being happy that there are still a few children and adults like that on our planet… living like in little oases, being self-sufficient, and not harming anyone else, but only helping everyone else.
In the Twelve Tribes there is a place for everyone who does not see a chance in the world anymore. Also outcasts, abandoned, and handicapped people were welcomed, and they feel loved and only change for the better. I only saw people like that there.
Even the animals there live like kings. The cows have a bright, huge barn with the gate wide open and they can go in and out as they please. The goats, who were described to me as aggresive by many Austrian owners, there they are friendly and tame. The goatherd who I talked with about this phenomenon, said to me, “If we understand them and love them, then they improve in their character.”
With this letter I send my appeal to all who can still think and sympathize and who the fate in life of these wonderful, unspoiled children souls depends on.
With hope and kindness,
When our children returned home, we were like those who dream…
During the large-scale police operation on September 5th, 2013 the three sisters had been taken to a state institution.
The oldest daughter was allowed to return to her parents as early as 3 months later, but the two younger ones had to stay in the institution. They were counting the days on their calendar every day hoping they would be allowed to go home again. It was 700 long days and then on the 700th day, the happy news came:
You all can go home!
For the girls and the parents alike it was like a miracle. For all of us it was a first foretaste of the hope of the miracle which the prophet Isaiah talked about:
Can the prey be taken from the mighty, or the captives of a tyrant. For thus says the LORD: “Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken, and the prey of the tyrant be rescued, for I will contend with those who contend with you, and I will save your children.” Isaiah 49:24-25
When the Lord brought back the captive ones of Zion,
We were like those who dream.
Restore our captivity, O Lord,
As the streams in the Negev.
Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting.
He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed, shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him. (Psalm 126)