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P.O. Box 460141 / San Francisco, CA 94146-0141 /telephone: (415) 821-2090 / (415) 282-2369KIT Staff U.S.: Ramon Sender, Charles Lamar, Christina Bernard, Vince Lagano,Dave Ostrom;U.K. : Susan Johnson Suleski, Ben Cavanna, Leonard Pavitt, Joanie Pavitt Taylor,Brother Witless (in an advisory capacity)The KIT Newsletter is an open forum for fact and opinion. It encourages theexpression of all views, both from within and from outside the Bruderhof. Theopinions expressed in the letters we publish are those of the correspondents and do notnecessarily reflects those of KIT editors or staff.
February 1995 Volume VII #2
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We have received word that the Bruderhof communities have (or will soon) put asidethe Hutterite costume including beards (optional?), and returned to the modest civiliangarb they wore before the reuniting. This, along with elder J. Christoph Arnold'saggressive letter (see excerpts below), which anticipates the imminentexcommunication of the Bruderhof communities by the
"Oiler" branch,seems to indicate that the final connection between the Bruderhof and the Hutteritesnow has been broken.Also, the Michaelshof community in Germany is being sold by next month.Ironically, this comes at a time when the township finally had given permission for thecommunity to put up a large new building, but the Hutterite carpenters to build it areno longer available, nor are the Hutterite funds. In fact, since the Michaelshof alwayswas a joint venture with the Hutterites and they want their money back, the Bruderhof cannot afford to keep it any longer. The
ran an article in which theMichaelshof leaders said they never felt really accepted in Germany, and in 'theseserious times,' they feel they are more needed in Russia, Japan and Korea. There aremany financial interconnections between the Kleinsasser "Oiler" faction and theBruderhof. Both Spring Valley (1.6 million dollars) and Catskill (1 million dollars)were bought and paid for with Hutterite cash-- in the case of Spring Valley with pilesof tens, twenties and a few fifty-dollar bills. Where did all this cash come from,anyway? Enquiring minds would like to know!The most tragic impact of this split will be on the twenty-two intermarriedcouples and their immediate relatives, who now will have to decide which side of thefamily to shun. Welcome, dear folks, to the sad dilemma with which many KITfolk have been living for years! "Can't you feel the love?" Brrrrrrrrrrr!
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