HCM, James, outnfree, & Patio: Glad you liked the segments posted from the book. HCM, I might do other sections of the book when time permits.
TR: I saw the book in the library when I was a JW years ago, but didn’t have the good sense to read it. However, Schnell’s preachy style would have been a real turnoff at that time, and I only tolerate it today because of the historical content.
Of course when Schnell “found Jesus” he found another butt to kiss.
You have such a way with words! Thanks for adding the WT quote. What date and page is it from?
Jan: I agree, Schnell’s book lacks documentation and cannot be considered scholarly. It’s a shame, because his timeline and conclusions are mostly on target, but without documentation the book is reduced to interviewing someone who was there. It could have been so much more if he spent time documenting and less time preaching. He’s an example of jumping from the frying pan and into the fire. However, I think Norm expressed it better than me!
RR: Your point about Schnell living in Germany, and Germany being a prototype of things to come are of interest. Schnell claims this in the book, but I wonder if he was being a little egocentric because that’s where he lived most of his Tower days. I don’t understand why Rutherford would use German JWs as trial balloons when he had most of the eastern states in the US full of gullible subjects. Some changes might have started first in Germany, but I wonder if it had more to do with the systems already in place, and less to do with prototype planning?
Englishman: Your library experience is so interesting. Maybe you could start a “30 Years WT Slave Reading Club” in Leigh Park. Put an add in the local, and see how many show up!
trevor: Really enjoyed your comments, and your poem certainly speaks to the place Schnell’s book holds in the line of witnesses exposing the Tower. Indeed, 30 Yrs was one of the first songs of the lark.
PS: Treavor, the picture is Nimrod out of From Paradise Lost to Paradise Regained, the Tower's 1958 book on how to scare the hell out of little JW kids. I thought Nimrod was a good "hunting" for hours icon at the Coffee Shop.
cocolocoii: Don’t be too hard on Fred. He’s our court jester, and I don’t want to get him into trouble with the elders. I’m just trying to figure out who turns the computer on for him!