Anyone know German or Russian?

by Dogpatch 15 Replies latest jw friends

  • Dogpatch

    I got this via email, does anyone know how to respond?



    > Dear Randy:
    > I have a close friend who converted to the witnesses in Germany. His
    > parents
    > are extremely upset about it.
    > They want to "free his mind" and at least see him think a bit more
    > critically. But he is so stubborn and adamant ... and so convinced that
    > his
    > way is the "only way" and the rest is all false.
    > He only speaks Russian and German. I was wondering what you would
    > recommend.
    > Regards,
    > Nery

    Net Soup!

  • ballistic

    Hi Randy, there's a very good German board, I don't have a link but it has cropped up here before. Someone may know it such as our friend GermanJW?

  • GermanXJW

    It is the Infolink-WebSite at:

    It has a very vivid board but I think I cannot link to the board directly:

  • ballistic

    Hi GermanXJW, you're still wearing that shirt!

  • garybuss

    I don't know German but I wish somebody would have sent this paragraph to me BEFORE I insulted my son by confronting him about Jehovah's Witnesses.

    There are the parents who suffer deeply and genuinely, because their son (or daughter) does not love them, and who, simultaneously, ignore, oppose or attempt to destroy everything they know of their son's convictions, values and goals, never thinking of the connection between those two facts, never making an attempt to understand their son. The world they never made and dare not challenge, has told them that children love parents automatically. (Ayn Rand, The Virtue of Selfishness © 1961)

  • Forscher

    I speak a little of both. After reading the letter, though, I dont' see where much can be done for that situation. All I would say to do is to leave it be and not cut the strings. Don't put his new beliefs down since that will definately drive him away. Firmly stick to their own belief system. And be there for him when he wakes up and sees the organization for what it really is. It may take months. It may take decades. Unless somebody who knows him well and has his trust can come up with some way to help him, that is the way I see it based on what little we have to go on.


  • Miri_S

    It is possible to offer him the following materials in Russian:

    These are sites of former witnesses and a forum where various questions are discussed

  • serendipity

    Hi Miri,

    Thanks for the links! Welcome to the forum!

  • ballistic

    This thread may prove to be a good resource.

  • cabasilas

    Also, the entire text of Crisis of Conscience is available online in Russian:

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