Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
Mary Mills is a retired teacher of French and German at County Prep High School in Jersey City, N.J., and a former member of Woodstown (N.J.) Meeting. She has served as a Mandel Teacher Fellow of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
In the April 2003 issue of Friends Journal (24-28), she published “German Quakers and the Trial of George Grosz,” an introduction to and translation of the 1930 deposition by Hans Albrecht (Clerk of German Yearly Meeting, 1927-1947) which contributed to the acquittal of the Expressionist artist on blasphemy charges.Friend Mary has now published A Garden Grows: Quakerism in Nazi Germany, available from Amazon and Smashwords through the Quaker Universalist Fellowship Bookstore.
Hans Albrecht was a driving force behind the efforts of German Quakers to assist those persecuted by the Nazi government. In her introduction, Mary writes:
In this book, I provide a translation of Albrecht’s perceptions of Quakerism. I have also translated The Little Gardeners Album, a journal written by the "Little Gardeners” a group of students at Quaker School Eerde. The drawings throughout my translation are from the Album.
I think the Album may be viewed as a practical application of some of the ideas discussed by Albrecht in “The Concept of Community” and “The Essence of Encounters”. It is also an historical document that provides an insight into the reaction of children, educated in a nurturing environment, to war.
In June of 2014, Mary published "Hans Albrecht and the Quaker Witness in Nazi Germany" as a post on the Quaker Universalist Fellowship blog. This article introduced readers to these efforts of Hans Albrecht and the German Quakers in 1930s.
In a new November post, "Recovering History: Hans Albrecht & the Quakers of Nazi Germany," Mary tells how she became aware of that witness.
I encourage Friends to join Mary Mills in her recovery of German and international Quaker history from the Nazi era.