By Emmy Arnold
Emmy Arnold used to be born in 1883 in Riva, Latvia, to a in demand relations of teachers. As an grownup she became 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 move within the united states, united kingdom and Australia. it is a biography and background of Emmy Arnold's lifestyles and paintings.
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We never ended without singing the Schlüchterner Lied (“Kein Schöner Land”), which speaks of gathering in the beauty of the countryside. On one occasion about a year later, after we had stood in a circle and sung this song to close a meeting, someone spontaneously added a new verse: You brothers know what makes us one; For us shines bright another Sun. For him we’re living, t’ward him we’re striving, The church at one. It was at the end of that Whitsun conference of 1920 that Eberhard and I and some others walked to the nearby village of Sannerz, to look at a house we had been told about.
Our circle continued to grow. As a result of the various conferences, members of both the youth movement and the workers’ movement came to us. ” The workers’ movement was fighting for freedom, equality, and brotherhood: “We know no differences. We know no enemies. ” Through reading the Sermon on the Mount, we grew more concerned with finding a practical way to express our inward longings. But what should the new life be like? Many suggestions were made. It became more and more unbearable for us to continue in the old middleclass way of life.
Similar sentiments were expressed in other meetings as well. When the actual election took place, nominees were suggested from all sides, from the Democrats to the Communists, who were represented by Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg. ) In the end Friedrich Ebert was elected president of Germany, but there was still no real political stability. For more than a year after the war the country went through one wave of violence and upheaval after another. Something else happened in those days, something which had perhaps been evident even during the last period of the war.
A Joyful Pilgrimage: My Life in Community by Emmy Arnold