In 1998, a Russian published a book expressing anti-Semitic views. For this, he was expelled from the Anthroposophical Society with the following motivation:

"Recently, particularly in Basel, Switzerland, anthroposophy has been brought into connection with anti-Semitism. This is based on a fundamental misunderstanding, of course. It is impossible to arrive at anything anti-Semitic out of the spirit and essence of anthroposophy. Respect for the dignity of every human being, and recognition of the most varied religious paths and convictions, belong to the most basic elements of anthroposophical human and world knowledge. When individuals who also occupy themselves with anthroposophy express anti-Semitic views, then this can only be their personal opinion, never an expression of the Anthroposophical Society nor indeed of anthropsophy itself.

The book "Anthroposophy at the Crossroads of Today's Occult Movements" by Gennadij Bondarew stands out in this connection. It seriously distorts anthroposophy in this respect. Especially the original Russian edition contains passages, which were deleted in the German translation, and which are particularly serious offenses.

In view of this situation, the Goetheanum Executive Council has found it necessary to decide that it will no longer recognize Mr. Bondarew as a Member of the Anthroposophical Society.

For the Collegium of the School for Spiritual Science
Dr. Georg Unger 

For the Executive Council at the Goetheanum
Manfred Schmidt-Brabant"

© Copyright 1998 by the General Anthroposophical Society in Dornach, Switzerland.

(News from the Goetheanum, vol. 19, no. 5, September/October 1998)

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