|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
© Copyright 1998 by the General Anthroposophical
Society in Dornach, Switzerland.
(News from the Goetheanum, vol. 19, no. 5, September/October