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Gregor Schwartz-Bostunitsch

A Russian who immigrated to Germany, Gregor Schwartz-Bostunitsch became a fervent anthroposophist for a brief period in the teens of the last century. Just as quickly he decided that Steiner was actually evil and started publishing material against him. In Hitler's paper the, Voelkische Beobachter Schwartz-Bostunitsch described Anthroposophy as a decadent form of freemasonry (the Nazi's were vehemently opposed to freemasonry, blaming much of Germany's troubles on the machinations of the Masons and Jews). The title of the article was Steiner: The New Messiah. His status as a self-professed expert on and opponent of freemasonry was cemented with his 1928 book The Freemasons. In 1930 he published a book titled: Rudolf Steiner: A Swindler Like No Other. Schwartz-Bostunitsch wrote anti-Bolshevik and rabidly anti-Semitic works for a Nazi audience over a 20-year period. In 1940 he was still denouncing the banned Anthroposophical Society.

After a brief interest, Gregor Schwartz-Bostunitsch spent a lifetime maligning anthroposophy, yet he is held up as an example of a racist anthroposophist! Rather, he was a racist and anti-Semite (and a particularly vile one at that) who had a brief interest in anthroposophy. His rapid repudiation of Steiner should be evidence of how little Steiner's thought influenced him.

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