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By Emmy Arnold

Emmy Arnold used to be born in 1883 in Riva, Latvia, to a sought after kinfolk of lecturers. As an grownup she grew to become her again at the middle-class milieu of her upbringing and married Eberhard Arnold, a innovative public speaker. In 1920 the couple left their Berlin domestic and based a rural commune that also exists within the Bruderhof, and as a Christian communal circulation within the united states, united kingdom and Australia. it is a biography and background of Emmy Arnold's existence and paintings.

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Officers lived in luxury while common soldiers had to survive with the bare minimum. There were also enormous contrasts between hospitals for ranking and nonranking soldiers. Toward the end of the war, we began to hear slogans in the streets like, “Equal food and equal pay, and soon the war will fade away,” or, “Wait until they come back home. ” Looting, or “requisitioning,” as it was called, was widespread. Naturally, none of this helped to raise the flagging spirit of patriotism. During this time Eberhard paid frequent visits to army hospitals, where he had the freedom to come and go as a student counselor.

Everyone was “Christian,” yet the Germans were fighting the English, the French, and the Italians, and vice versa. Gradually, and with much struggle, we came to feel that war could not be the will of God, and that the proclamation of the church as the mysterious Body of Christ (which we had heard so much about in those years) was being all but destroyed by it. In the fall of 1915 we moved with our three children to Wilmersdorf, a suburb of Berlin. There, during the war, two more children were born to us: HansHermann in December 1915, and Monika in February 1918.

Should Eberhard voluntarily enlist, or should he refuse? With so many of their men at the front, the fellowship groups in Halle had been greatly weakened. In the more thoughtful quarters of the revival movement it was said that “we are all one in Christ,” and that even in the present time Jesus was gathering his people out of all nations and races. We struggled to discern how this could fit with the attitude of most Christians toward war. Everyone was “Christian,” yet the Germans were fighting the English, the French, and the Italians, and vice versa.

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