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Uploaded on Jan 11, 2012
Why Community is a series of short interviews with individuals from the Bruderhof, talking about why they joined this communal movement and discussing the Bruderhof's basis in the teachings of Jesus and the example of the Early Christians as described in Acts 2 and 4.
The Bruderhof was founded in Germany in 1920, and was one of dozens of communities that sprang up in the aftermath of the First World War. Over the next ten years the movement grew rapidly, with people joining from Austria, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
Because of the community's non-violent beliefs and refusal to support the Nazi Party, Hitler's Gestapo raided the community in 1937 and forced them to leave the country within 48 hours.
Bruderhof members take lifetime vows of obedience and poverty. Anyone who wishes to become a member gives away his or her property before joining, and contributes his or her talents to stand on an equal footing with all brothers and sisters.
There are now more than twenty Bruderhofs worldwide.