guess they werent keen on austrians either
New York, May 17, 2004
Dear Brother Koschler:
We are writing regarding your interest in the “Generation to Generation” program Jehovah’s Witness Holocaust-Era Survivors Fund (JWHESF). Thank you very much for your willingness to consider sharing in the program.
In December 2003, JWHESF received notice from the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” that was willing to make available humanitarian aid funds for a number of needy brothers in Eastern Europe. Since the Governing Body has directed that brothers outside the branches be used to assist with aid distribution, we asked the Austria branch if any brothers might consider working with JWHESF, perhaps using such work to fulfill their alternative service requirements. The Austria branch supplied us with your name, along with about 20 others. JWHESF informed the Governing Body of the results of the inquiry and of your fine, willing spirit of self sacrifice.
After the Governing Body considered the matter again, however, they notified JWHESF that they would prefer us not to use brothers from outside the countries being assisted. Also, as stated in the letter of inquiry you received from the Austria branch, the decision to do alternative civilian service is a matter of conscience. The Governing Body emphasized that this decision must be left up to each individual Christian.
Therefore, JWHESF has informed the Verein für Dienste im Ausland that we will not pursue the use of Austrian conscientious objectors for this program. We apologize if this has caused you any inconvenience and disappointment. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
We thank you again for your commendable desire to help our brothers in need. Your fine spirit has great value in the eyes of our loving heavenly Father, and no doubt he will find many ways to bless you and your sacred service.
Jehovah's Witness Holocaust-Era Survivors Fund, Inc.