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Hazelton Family Plan to Visit Paraguay 1Happy Grandparents 1Judge Sonia Sotomayor Has my Vote 1Remembering Matthias Kleiner 1Marlene Gelman in Poor Health 2Keep In Touch 20
Anniversary Celebrated at FC August 09 21. Impressions and Reports by Several Participants 22. Letter To All Friendly Crossways Attendees 53. KIT Future Discussed in a Meeting 64. Belinda’s Poem “Hope” 6Bulstrode Gathering a Success 7Strange Things are Happening on the Bruderhof – Comments 7Review of Emmy Barth’s Book “No Lasting Home” 8A Letter to Emmy Barth 9The Confrontation Between The Bruderhof And TheGerman National-Socialist Government 1933 to 1937 – 6 10Contact Details 14 ____________________________________________________
Hazelton Family Plan to Visit Paraguay
Colin Hazelton, on June 24
We are trying to plan a tripto visit Paraguay so I can show my kids the area where I grewup, as well as other beautiful places in the country.I am wondering if any “members” in Paraguay might be in-terested in helping us to plan this and perhaps act as a tour guide.We of course would pay and cover expenses. My Spanish isn'tgood enough to try getting around on our own. We would love toshare the experience with someone formerly from the hof. Anyideas or takers please let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Grandparents – Hummer notes
adine and August Pleil, June 24
Our youngest child,daughter Else and husband Rob had a little boy, born on Tuesdaythe 23
of June 2009. He weighs six lbs and six ounces, nineteenand a half inches long, lots of black hair and his name is LiamAugust. My husband August is very happy about the name, henever thought that Else would name her little boy for his grand-father. We are very proud grandparents. Now we have fourteengrandchildren.
Elisabeth Bohlken on August 31
This is baby boyAlbert Sydney born on August27
with his happy andoverwhelmed grandfather Kilian Zumpe. The little fellowwas born to Kilian and Lorna’sdaughter Susie and ChrisSnow. The little one started outin our difficult world weighing3.85 kg.Just wanted to share withall of you this miraculous andlovely birth of a baby! Sospecial and so ordinary really.
Following thelovely photos Bette sent of baby Albert with his OpaKilian, here is a photo of Granny Joy with the newestgrandson, Henry Robert, born two days ago. Bob andI met our daughter-in-law’s parents for lunch and thendrove together to the hospi-tal to visit Simon and Camilla and star of the show, Henry.
Judge Sonia Sotomayor Has my Vote
Ramon Sender on May 27
Julius Rubin wrote to remindme that Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court, was the judge who threw out the Bruderhof’sten-million dollar lawsuit against me in the pre-trial stage (it didnot go to trial).I did not travel east for this meeting, and only vaguely recallthat in her ruling, she stated something like, “If I were to allowthe plaintiff’s complaint, no one could conduct business in thestate of New York.” - She has my vote!
Remembering Matthias Kleiner
By Erdmuthe Arnold
During the gathering at Friendly Crossways we heard the sadnews that Matthias Kleiner passed away recently at the age of seventy-four. The last few months of his life he was very ill andcompletely dependant on the care of his loving wife Gila.Matthias who was born on the 21
July 1935, is the third child of Fritz and Sekunda Kleiner. Matthias was six when he arrived inthe Paraguayan Chaco at the end of December 1940 with his parents and family. As the Bruderhof did so heartlessly withmany other young boys, Matthias was sent away and separatedfrom his family when he was fifteen. For several years he livedand worked with the Behage family in Asunción, who producedfancy wooden things which were also sold in the shop at theBruderhof house in Asunción. Those of us who experiencedPrimavera and Asunción, will remember their beautiful carvedanimals.My cousin, Miriam Holmes-Arnold reminded me of this. Sheshared the following encounter with her step brother, Matthias,in 1955: “At the age of fifteen I was in Asunción with Matthias'sister Traindel (Katharina). The youngest Behage boy was killedin a motorcycle accident - a tragedy for the family. Traindel andI took a bus to visit the Behage’s. They lived in the outskirts of Asunción and had taken Matthias in, treating him like one of their sons. Matthias showed me the wood carving machine wherethey could carve four animals at one time. They then finishedthem by hand. Matthias gave me an elephant that I still have.”Interesting detail: The Behage enterprise bought the turningshop with all the machinery from Primavera when thecommunity was dissolved 1961.