The Truth about International Money Creation

Quotes by Famous USA presidents and World Leaders concerning the shocking truth about International Banking.

 Thomas Jefferson – ( 3rd President of USA) 

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.” – Thomas Jefferson

If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their  currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks…will deprive the people of  all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered…. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs. – Thomas Jefferson in the debate over the Re-charter of the Bank Bill (1809)

… The modern theory of the perpetuation of debt has drenched the earth with blood, and crushed its inhabitants under burdens ever accumulating.  –Thomas Jefferson

 James MadisonJames Madison ( 4th US President) 

History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by  controlling money and its issuance” James Madison

 

 

   Andrew Jackson  ( 7th US President )

If congress has the right under the Constitution to issue paper money, it was  given them to use themselves, not to be delegated to individuals or corporations. – Andrew Jackson

 

 

 

Abraham  Lincoln   ( 16th US President)

“The Government should create, issue, and circulate all the currency and  credits needed to satisfy the spending power of the Government and the buying power of  consumers. By the adoption of these principles, the taxpayers will be saved immense sums of interest. Money will cease to be master and become the servant of humanity. ” Abraham  Lincoln

 

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Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt ( 26th US President)

“Issue of currency should be lodged with the government and be protected from domination by Wall Street. We are opposed to…provisions [which] would place our currency and credit system in private hands” – Theodore Roosevelt

 

Woodrow WilsonWoodrow  Wilson ( 28th US President)

Despite these warnings, Woodrow Wilson signed the 1913 Federal Reserve Act. A few years later he wrote:

“I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of  credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most  completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world no longer a  Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men”. -Woodrow  Wilson

Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

Franklin D. Roosevelt   ( 32nd US President) 

Years later, reflecting on the major banks’ control in Washington, President Franklin Roosevelt paid this indirect praise to his distant predecessor President Andrew Jackson, who had “killed” the 2nd Bank of the US (an earlier type of the Federal Reserve System). After Jackson’s administration the bankers’ influence was gradually restored and increased, culminating in the passage of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913. Roosevelt knew this history.

“The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson” –Franklin D. Roosevelt (in a letter to Colonel House, dated November 21, 1933)

POLITICIANS

Napoleon Bonaparte

 

Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France

When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes… Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain.” – Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France, 1815

 

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Otto von Bismark (1815-1898), German Chancellor

“The death of Lincoln was a disaster for Christendom. There was no man in the United States great enough to wear his boots and the bankers went anew to grab the riches. I fear that foreign bankers with their craftiness and tortuous tricks will entirely control the exuberant riches of America and use it to systematically corrupt civilization.” Otto von Bismark (1815-1898), German Chancellor, after the Lincoln assassination

Marx

 

Karl Marx ( Russian, Communist Manifesto 1848).

“Money plays the largest part in determining the course of history.” Karl Marx

 

 

 

Captain Henry Kerby-

 

Captain Henry Kerby- United Kingdom MP

“That this House considers that the continued issue of all the means of exchange – be they coin, bank-notes or credit, largely passed on by cheques – by private firms as an interest-bearing debt against the public should cease forthwith; that the Sovereign power and duty of issuing money in all forms should be returned to the Crown, then to be put into circulation free of all debt and interest obligations…” Captain Henry Kerby MP, in an Early Day Motion tabled in 1964.

 

Ralph M Hawtry,png Ralph M Hawtry, former Secretary to the Treasury.
“Banks lend by creating credit. They create the means of payment out of nothing. ” Ralph M Hawtry
“… our whole monetary system is dishonest, as it is debt-based… We did not vote for it. It grew upon us gradually but markedly since 1971 when the commodity-based system was abandoned.” The Earl of Caithness, in a speech to the House of Lords, 1997.

 

 

BANKERS

William PatersonWilliam Paterson, founder of the Bank of England

“The bank hath benefit of interest on all moneys which it creates out of nothing.” William Paterson, founder of the Bank of England in 1694, then a privately owned bank” See here: An interesting Bio on William Paterson

 

Mayer Amschel RothschildMayer Amschel Rothschild  ( founder of the House of Rothschild. 1744-1812)

“Let me issue and control a nation’s money and I care not who writes the laws.” Mayer Amschel Rothschild

“The few who understand the system will either be so interested in its profits or be so dependent upon its favours that there will be no opposition from that class, while on the other hand, the great body of people, mentally incapable of comprehending the tremendous advantage that capital derives from the system, will bear its burdens without complaint, and perhaps without even suspecting that the system is inimical to their interests.” The Rothschild brothers of London writing to associates in New York, 1863.

Reginald McKennaReginald McKenna, as Chairman of the Midland Bank

“I am afraid the ordinary citizen will not like to be told that the banks can and do create money. And they who control the credit of the nation direct the policy of Governments and hold in the hollow of their hand the destiny of the people.” Reginald McKenna, as Chairman of the Midland Bank, addressing stockholders in 1924.

“The banks do create money. They have been doing it for a long time, but they didn’t realise it, and they did not admit it. Very few did. You will find it in all sorts of documents, financial textbooks, etc. But in the intervening years, and we must be perfectly frank about these things, there has been a development of thought, until today I doubt very much whether you would get many prominent bankers to attempt to deny that banks create it.” H W White, Chairman of the Associated Banks of New Zealand, to the New Zealand Monetary Commission, 1955.

OTHERS

Leo TolstoyLeo Tolstoy  ( Russian writer.)

“Money is a new form of slavery, and distinguishable from the old simply by the fact that it is impersonal – that there is no human relation between master and slave.” Leo Tolstoy,

 

 

Henry FordHenry Ford (founder of the Ford Motor Company)

“It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and money system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.” Henry Ford,

“The modern banking system manufactures money out of nothing. The process is, perhaps, the most astounding piece of sleight of hand that was ever invented. Banks can in fact inflate, mint and un-mint the modern ledger-entry currency.” Major Lawrence Lee Bazley White/Angas] (1893-1973) Australian-born British statesman, economist

John Kenneth GalbraithJohn Kenneth Galbraith ( former professor of economics at Harvard)

“The study of money, above all other fields in economics, is one in which complexity is used to disguise truth or to evade truth, not to reveal it. The process by which banks create money is so simple the mind is repelled. With something so important, a deeper mystery seems only decent.” John Kenneth Galbraith (1908- ), former professor of economics at Harvard, writing in ‘Money: Whence it came, where it went’ (1975).

 

Source:  http://www.themoneymasters.com/the-money-masters/famous-quotations-on-banking/

 

“Our Debt-Based Money System Will Break Us”

This article appeared in Prosperity, June 2001

The Earl of Caithness speaks…

This speech was delivered by the Earl of Caithness in the House of Lords, Wednesday, 5 March, 1997. It is reprinted in full from Hansard, Vol. 578, No. 68, columns 1869-1871.

The Earl of Caithness: My Lords, I too wish to thank my noble friend Lord Prior for initiating this debate. It comes at a most interesting time in the run-up to the general election and, as a result, we could not have envisaged the parties opposite saying anything thought-provoking or interesting about the economy. We were not disappointed.

Looking at it from a conventional viewpoint, the economy is in good shape and the Government have done better than most of their counterparts in Europe. We have moved out of recession and on the surface the economy is stronger and people are more confident. There is much that I could say about that. I think the Government have done a very good job.

However, it is also a good time to stand back, to reassess whether our economy is soundly based. I would contest that it is not, not for the reason to which the noble Lord, Lord Eatwell, alluded, which is that it is the Government’s fault, but our whole monetary system is utterly dishonest, as it is debt-based. “Dishonest” is a strong word, but a system which by its very actions causes the value of money to decrease is dishonest and has within it its own seeds of destruction. We did not vote for it. It grew upon us gradually but markedly since 1971 when the commodity-based system was abandoned.

Let us look at what has happened since then. The money supply in 1971 was just under £31 billion. At the end of the third quarter of last year, it was about £665 billion. In 25 years it has grown by a staggering 2,145 per cent. Where has the money come from? Interestingly, the Government have only minted a further £20 billion in that time. It is the banks, the building societies and our commercial lenders who have created the balance of £614 billion. If this rate of growth is projected over the next 25 years, the money supply in 2022 will be over £14,000 billion.

All that new money bears interest paid either by us as individuals, by companies or by the Government. Today the Government pay over £30 billion annually in interest charges — coincidentally about the same as the total money supply only 25 years ago. Governments since then have abdicated their responsibility for producing new money and controlling the money supply so that now they are marginalised. In 1971 government notes and coins accounted for 14 per cent of the money supply. Now it is only about 3.5 per cent. “So what?”, noble Lords might ask.

The problem is that it is commercial lending that has boosted the money supply, thus increasing debt and, as sure as night follows day, inflation follows growth in money supply of this sort. The only reason that debasement has not flowed into price figures in the last four years is that the high interest rates in the recession gutted businesses and individuals, leaving too many unable to pay the price levels that the debasement requires. But the wall of money is increasing remorselessly. The noble Lord, Lord Ezra, mentioned the Halifax Building Society’s latest surplus of about £3 billion to £5 billion.

Since 1991, in a time of recession, it has increased by 32 per cent and most of that is in the last two years. We must remember that virtually all the increase represents a rise in the burden of debt the economy must carry. The wall of money has already driven the stock market to an all-time high and some are now questioning whether it truly reflects company performances. Recently more money has begun to be channelled into both the residential and commercial property markets. Here I must declare my interest as a residential surveyor in central London who has benefited from that. Our company, Victoria Soames, recorded a hardening of the residential market early last year, followed by a 20 per cent rise in the last six months. That rise is continuing, if not accelerating. Lenders remain aggressive and, very disturbingly, the proportion of borrowing by individuals is moving up.

When the money supply increases, as it is doing, the previously existing money is debased accordingly. Therefore, either wages and salaries must also increase to maintain parity or those who earn wages and salaries will find that they no longer participate in the national economy to the same extent as they did previously. This exacerbates the growing fragmentation of our society, which cannot go on for ever. I am not advocating high wages but I am advocating less debasement and better control of the money supply.

When wage inflation does happen, it will feed through to all parts of the economy. The result, sadly, will be that the Government have to use the only tool they know — an increase in interest rates. That has happened fairly recently, but it is not the first time that is has happened. We saw it in the 1970s and again in the 1980s. It is a consequence of our debt-based monetary system that it leads inevitably to business and economic cycles.

Conventional wisdom tells us that in order to create new jobs and boost the economy, interest rates have to be reduced. That has happened. People are encouraged to borrow to invest and spend. That has happened. As the continuing flow of new money finds its way into the economy, inflation will follow and up will go interest charges again to reduce the level of borrowing. In order to pay the increasing levels of interest, borrowers will once more have to reduce expenditure in other areas of economic activity. The cycle will continue, but the next time, as before, we will all start deeper in debt and with a burden harder to carry. Personal debt has already increased by nearly 3,000 per cent since 1971. How much more can we take? I hope, for the sake of our economy, without which we cannot finance what we want to see — a good health service and a good social security system among other things — we will question this conventional wisdom.

We all want our businesses to succeed, but under the existing system the irony is that the better our banks, building societies and lending institutions do, the more debt is created. The noble Lord, Lord Kingsdown, said that there is little that can be done about debt. No, I do not believe that. There is a different way: it is an equity-based system and one in which those businesses can play a responsible role. The next government must grasp the nettle, accept their responsibility for controlling the money supply and change from our debt-based monetary system. My Lords, will they? If they do not, our monetary system will break us and the sorry legacy we are already leaving our children will be a disaster.

Source: www.prosperityuk.com

Oct 24, 2013 - Israel    No Comments

Mordechai Kedar Israeli scholar of Arabic literature and a lecturer at Bar-Ilan University reflects on Netanyahu’s speech.

Bar-Ilan University’s Begin-Sadat center in Israel.

These are Mordechai Kedar reflections interpreted from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu address to the school on 13th October 2013.

You must recognize Israel as the Jewish state with a right to its country. If you do not recognize it, you will not have peace. This is a legitimate demand — important, honest and truthful — but the Arabs will never agree to it for several reasons.

1. Muslims believe that the religion of Judaism was cancelled out when Christianity arose, and the same happened to Christianity when Islam arrived. And if Judaism is null and void, then how can the Jews come and say that they have a holy land all for themselves?

2. For the Arabs, the Jews are not a nation but a religious community assembled from various ethnicities and countries where Jews have lived for hundreds of years. So if they are not a nation, why do they need Israel?

3. According to the Quran, the land of Israel is an Islamic holy land; therefore. no Muslim authority will recognize a Jewish state in Israel.

4. Jerusalem is the eye of the storm: According to Islam, there cannot be Jewish sovereignty in Jerusalem, because such an event would signify that Judaism has risen from the grave after Islam had abolished it.

All these reasons prevent an Islamic recognition of Israel as a Jewish state from ever taking place.

Watch Prime Ministers Speech.

“Bail in” Cyprus-Style Wealth Confiscation Laws coming to Australia!

In 2012-13 Cyprus a Greek Island in the Mediterranean which is just of the coast of Syria and Lebanon were subjected to a Modern day wealth confiscation called “Bail in” ( instead of Bailout)

It is now clear that bank depositors will lose their hard earned money above 100,000 Euros and they will lose 6.7% of funds under 100,000 Euros.

These were the demands of the EU to secure a 10billion Euro capital injection over the next few years.

Its now happening around the world!

Laws are now being put in place in other countries around the world  like EU, Poland, Iceland, Italy, USA, UK, Canada and New Zealand and it seems soon to come to Australia! (All part of the G20!)

It seems that governments all the around the world are getting ready for a major financial problem which will mean that our savings deposited in the banks will be taken lawfully by our elected governments to stabilize the global banking system!

Just this Month October 2013 the International Monetary Fund has called for a 10% Levy on ALL European household saving accounts!

See the IMF report here go to page 48!

Here is a CNN MONEY news report on the plan – Europe bank rescue plan would hit investors

Poland has just announced that it is confiscating the funds held within Private Pension funds- check out this story at:  reuters.com

The Australian Government has recently confiscated ALL private bank account funds that have not been operated on for over 3 years and announced it will raise the Australian Govt debt ceiling to $500 billion!

See also

Barnaby Joyce Blog site   “Australian government planning to steal your money to “bail-in” so-called “systemically-important financial institutions” (SIFI’s) — under the orders of an unelected international body (of bankers and bureaucrats) you’ve never heard of; a body funded by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), and chaired consecutively by Goldman Sachs alumni”

Barnaby Joyce barnabyisright.com  “G20-governments-all-agreed-to-cyprus-style-theft-of-bank-deposits-in-2010″

investmentwatchblog.com  Cyprus-Style Wealth Confiscation Is Now Happening All Over The Globe-  September 24th, 2013

wikipedia.org – Cypriot financial crisis

globalresearch.ca  The Bank Confiscation Scheme for US and UK Depositors

etfdailynews.com

Letter found on the internet addressed to Department of Treasury from Australian Financial Markets Assoc.

11 January2013

General Manager – Mr Lonsdale

Financial System Division

The Treasury

Langton Crescent

PARKES ACT 2600

Extract  “However, APRA, as the resolution authority, should have the power to enact a bail – in for banks incorporated in Australia during a resolution.”

David Love

Director

Policy & International Affairs

Australian Financial Markets Association

APRA is the prudential regulator of banks, insurance companies and superannuation funds, credit unions, building societies and friendly societies.

Martial law coming to America?

The economic challenges and the US Government shutdown has now got people talking about martial law.

 

Reports are now coming from Religious leaders and from business and political leaders in America that martial law is coming to USA – caused by a financial collapse.

My last blog post mentioned a coming financial collapse that will cause hyper inflation but now other leaders are warning of martial law.

The current people who are predicting martial law in USA is Rich Joyner, Ron Paul, Peter Schiff and Ellen Brown President of the Public Banking Institute.

http://www.morningstarministries.org/resources/prophetic-bulletins/2013/straw-breaks-camels-back#.Ulk8OFeab-o

http://www.globalresearch.ca/martial-law-and-the-economy-is-homeland-security-preparing-for-the-next-wall-street-collapse/5353267

http://www.theoakinitiative.org

http://www.infowars.com/ron-paul-warns-of-martial-law-and-economic-collapse/

http://www.infowars.com/peter-schiff-warns-of-martial-law/

These are a few extracts from Rich Joyner’s October 8th 2103 report:

  • “The main cause of the crisis that leads to martial law will be a currency collapse and a banking system failure.”
  • “This will lead to a period of near anarchy and chaos that forces our military to intervene to stop the meltdown.”

“The IMF (International Monetary Fund) did a widely publicized study on America’s debt and concluded that our real debt is over 100 trillion. The $16 plus trillion our government is now reporting as our debt is calculated by using a cash basis accounting method that would get us sent to jail if we tried to use it. This figure only reports how much we have borrowed and does not consider future obligations such as entitlements.”

“The IMF study concluded that if Americans were taxed at the rate of 100%, we still could not ever pay our obligations. This alone could ultimately bring down our currency, but it is just one of many deadly factors that could be equally devastating. Something has to give. We have dug a hole that we cannot get out of. It will ultimately result in the collapse of the dollar. That will be an emergency like we have not faced before, but we can get through it. It does not have to be the end of our Republic or our freedoms, but it will take martial law for a time to get the country stabilized and restored to our constitutional moorings.”  Rick Joyner

The USA is a $16.6 Trillion dollar (No 1 in world) economy and Australia a $1.6 Trillion (GDP per year).- The USA is not Australia’s largest export trading partner, China is, BUT the USA is China’s largest export trading nation a total of $411 billion! And the USA is Australia’s second largest importing nation into Australia making up 11.6% of  Australia’s imports. (Australia exports to USA in 2011 was $16billion)

It is now time to consider in Australia what would be the effect on our economy if the USA was to suffer this type of economic shock-wave.

Alan

 

Why the USA is facing a future of hyperinflation.

Glenn Beck Interviews Prof David Buckner about how USA is facing a Wiemar Republic type Hyper Inflation scenario.

Thursday, Oct 3, 2013

Columbia University Professor David Buckner joined Glenn on tonight’s Glenn Beck Program to offer some frightening insight into the state of the U.S. economy. Glenn has long talked about the collapse of Weimar Republic and the triggers that lead to a state of unsustainable hyperinflation. David laid out five “steps” that lead to/cause a hyper-inflated state:

1. Economic implosion
2. Collapse in tax revenues
3. Raise taxes
4. Lenders stop lending
5. Austerity or print

As you can see from the list, the U.S. is obviously not the untouchable stable powerhouse as it was once believed.

So is there any hope for our economy? David believes that the decades of poor policy will ultimately come to a head in October 2014 or January 2015, and from there a complete collapse would be complete in just months. It’s a scary prospect, but, as David explained, it is important to understand the root of problem, if we have any hope of righting the wrongs.

Watch the Video interview

Sep 20, 2013 - Israel    No Comments

7 Signs in the Heavens (That Will Be Seen Before 70th Anniversary of Israel)

Pastor Steve Cioccolanti, the pastor of Discover Church , Melbourne, Australia, has published a “Warning” video about 7 Super-Signs in the Heavens.

You will be shocked to see the signs that he shows that are, according to him, what God has written about in the Bible.

Talking about the Hebrew roots of end time prophecies, he points to 7 signs that might be seen until and before 70th Birthday of Israel.

Why 70 is important? He explains: “Because Israel was given 70 years in Babylonian captivity and 70 years from the time that Jesus was born to the time when its temple was destroyed.”

“So there is something important that is the fact that Israel is about to turn 70 years old since it was born again in 1948.”

And here are the 7 signs, along with some observations about the date. And he affirms, “they will never occur again in your life time” and they “will start soon.”

1-Blood Moon (April 15, 2014) Passover – (Jewish Calendar is 15th of Nissan was also when Abraham was visited by Angels 1714BC, Issac was born 1713BC, Jacob Wrestles with Angel 1556 BC, Moses at Burning Bush 1314Bc, The Exodus/Passover 1313 BC

2-Blood mon (Oct 08, 2014) – Sukkot

3-Total Solar (March 20, 2015) – Sign for Gentiles

4-Blood mon (April 4, 2015) – Passover

5- Partial Solar (Sept 13, 2015) – Elul 29 Culce Tishri 1 Civil New 7th Anniversary since last Market Drop- 3rd Shmitah – 911 Sept 11th 2001, Sept 11 2008 Lehman Brothers was collapsing Chapter 11 Bankruptcy filed 15th Sept 2008.

See http://www.wnd.com/2012/05/mark-this-date-for-potential-disaster/

6- Blood Moon (Sept 28, 2015) – Supermoon that is also a luner eclipse- Sukkot – 1st day- ( Market drops 777 points Sept. 29, 2008)

7-Virgo Clothed (Sept 23, 2017) – 50th Ann. Of Jerusalem Jubilee

Next – Israel Birthday Independence Day (May 14, 2018) – 70th Anniversary of Israel.

Go to YouTube Video Now  ( or go to YouTube and search for his name or subject title)

Alan

Aug 24, 2013 - Global Financial System    2 Comments

Alan Economic Update- August 2013

I start this comment making it very clear that I am not an investment adviser and would class myself as an amateur in the financial markets.  But I have been studying this area since the GFC and I follow a number of financial newsletters.

Plus I attended the Investment Expo yesterday and listened to allot of people who know allot more than me in this field.

This is what I learned and what I am hearing.  Check with a professional before you act on any of my comments.

What could be coming:

Immediately after our Australian election on 7th Sept the Australian stock market will see a further spike in prices and confidence up until about the 16th Sept which is the height of the company dividend payouts.

But by October we will see a decline towards Christmas.  However internationally there could be a major correction very soon!

The DOW is at an all-time high of 15558 which is higher than just before the GFC of 13895. The Aust All ORDS is just over 5000 it was at 6875 just before the GFC.  CBA bank shareholders beware CBA is one of the most expensive bank shares in the world, its currently $72 AUD its was $60 AUD just before the GFC and it went to $24 so I would be looking at this share very closely. (wink wink say no more) but beware the dividend date for CBA is 3rd October so don’t do anything until after then.

I would also consider taking a defensive position, some people I know have already moved their super into cash.

Bonds are getting sold off which means interest rates will be on the way up if this trend continues. It could be a good time to lock in a fixed term interest rate for your mortgage. Remember if interest rates go up overseas like USA they must go up in Australia so we continue to attract overseas capital, even if our local market is depressed interest rates would still rise.

Gold and Silver has been heavily sold off and are now looking like they might be in a long term upward trend, with some fluctuations along the way. Gold had a 45% retracement from its low of $280 to $1920 back to $1180 USD an ounce. And one thing I have learnt is that what goes up goes down and what goes down goes up! I heard some estimates by Gold enthusiasts of $ 5000+ USD in longer term future.

AUD might stay in the mid to low .90s in Sept and might start sliding down to mid-80s and then find good long term support, unless there is a major 2GFC.

Our petrol prices will stay somewhat stable as international oil companies need oil to stay above $80- 90 dollars a barrel (currently $106 barrel) but will not get allot higher as high oil prices encourages alternative energy solutions so OPEC and other oil producing nations have a vested interest to keep oil affordable so it does not encourage alternative energy rivals.  This little fact explained to me why the big car companies have not been quick to design alternative fuel source cars!

A shining light for the USA is shale oil, which is expensive to produce but is making a helpful 22% reduction to the US trade deficit that is still over $500 billion per year. The USA stopped having a trade surplus after 1975. They still export $2.2 trillion per year but they import 2.7 trillion per year. The US National Debt stands at $17 Trillion.

I hope you found this interesting!

Alan

Jul 3, 2013 - Israel    2 Comments

LEICA AND THE JEWS- A true World War 2 story

LEICA AND THE JEWS

The Leica is the pioneer 35mm camera. It is a German product – precise, minimalist, and utterly efficient.

Behind its worldwide acceptance as a creative tool was a family-owned, socially oriented firm that, during the Nazi era, acted with uncommon grace, generosity and modesty. E. Leitz Inc., designer and manufacturer of Germany ‘s most famous photographic product, saved its Jews.

And Ernst Leitz II, the steely-eyed Protestant patriarch who headed the closely held firm as the Holocaust loomed across Europe, acted in such a way as to earn the title, “the photography industry’s Schindler.”

As soon as Adolf Hitler was named chancellor of Germany in 1933, Ernst Leitz II began receiving frantic calls from Jewish associates, asking for his help in getting them and their families out of the country. As Christians, Leitz and his family were immune to Nazi Germany’s Nuremberg laws, which restricted the movement of Jews and limited their professional activities.

To help his Jewish workers and colleagues, Leitz quietly established what has become known among historians of the Holocaust as “the Leica Freedom Train,” a covert means of allowing Jews to leave Germany in the guise of Leitz employees being assigned overseas.

Employees, retailers, family members, even friends of family members were “assigned” to Leitz sales offices in France, Britain, Hong Kong and the United States, Leitz’s activities intensified after the Kristallnacht of November 1938, during which synagogues and Jewish shops were burned across Germany.

Before long, German “employees” were disembarking from the ocean liner Bremen at a New York pier and making their way to the Manhattan office of Leitz Inc., where executives quickly found them jobs in the photographic industry.

Each new arrival had around his or her neck the symbol of freedom – a new Leica camera.

The refugees were paid a stipend until they could find work. Out of this migration came designers, repair technicians, salespeople, marketers and writers for the photographic press.

Keeping the story quiet The “Leica Freedom Train” was at its height in 1938 and early 1939,delivering groups of refugees to New York every few weeks. Then, with the invasion of Poland on Sept. 1, 1939, Germany closed its borders.

By that time, hundreds of endangered Jews had escaped to America, thanks to the Leitzes’ efforts. How did Ernst Leitz II and his staff get away with it?

Leitz, Inc. was an internationally recognized brand that reflected credit on the newly resurgent Reich. The company produced cameras, range-finders and other optical systems for the German military. Also, the Nazi government desperately needed hard currency from abroad, and Leitz’s single biggest market for optical goods was the United States.

Even so, members of the Leitz family and firm suffered for their good works. A top executive, Alfred Turk, was jailed for working to help Jews and freed only after the payment of a large bribe.

Leitz’s daughter, Elsie Kuhn-Leitz, was imprisoned by the Gestapo after she was caught at the border, helping Jewish women cross into Switzerland . She eventually was freed but endured rough treatment in the course of questioning. She also fell under suspicion when she attempted to improve the living conditions of 700 to 800 Ukrainian slave laborers, all of them women, who had been assigned to work in the plant during the 1940s. (After the war, Kuhn-Leitz received numerous honors for her humanitarian efforts, among them the Officer d’honneur des Palms Academic from France in 1965 and the Aristide Briand Medal from the European Academy in the 1970s.)

Why has no one told this story until now? According to the late Norman Lipton, a freelance writer and editor, the Leitz family wanted no publicity for its heroic efforts. Only after the last member of the Leitz family was dead did the “Leica Freedom Train” finally come to light.

It is now the subject of a book, “The Greatest Invention of the Leitz Family: The Leica Freedom Train,” by Frank Dabba Smith, a California-born Rabbi currently living in England.

Thank you for reading the above, and if you feel inclined as I did to pass it along to others, please do so. It only takes a few minutes.

Memories of the righteous should live on.

Mar 9, 2013 - God and the World    No Comments

The Secret Place

Dr Dale Fife adressed the ICCC conference on the importance of having an intimate relationship with the Lord on the 4th and 5th March in Jerusalem.

He has written two books on this topic called the Secret Place – passionately pursuing his presence and another called The Light Giver.

He shared that he was at a point of desperation, he went into his office closed the door and decided not to exit until God had spoken to him. He was so discouraged that he was ready to leave his pastorial role at his church and retire from ministry.

But God heard his cry and started to speak to him about many things. All the details are in his books but I can share a few brief points with you.

Dr Fife said  “God said to him, ” The quality of your spiritual life is directly proportional to the amount of time you spend in my presence”. “Fullfillment is found in my presence, dont confuse my assignment and your purpose, your purpose is to be in my presence”

Fife said ” We exist to be in Gods presence, our assignment is to manefist the Kingdom of God where we are called, Your provision is found in your assignment ie workplace. “

I will attempt to post more of his story soon.

Alan

 

 

Mar 1, 2013 - Israel    No Comments

Jerusalem the Holy City

Jerusalem – a city on the Hill.

Driving from Tel Aviv you realise why the bible says they went up to Jerusalem as the car climbs for more than 40 min to get to the Mountain Jerusalem was built upon, Mount Zion and  Mount Moriah… what a truely amazing place.

When we visited the wailing wall or western wall a group of young jewish guys just broke out in a spontaneous dance before God. One Jewish guy said it was because they were happy and not afraid.  See the young guys dance here video

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Feb 28, 2013 - Israel    2 Comments

Museum of Jewish People

Today we visited the Museum of the Jewish People it was very moving. See www.bh.org.il 

It was concerning to see how much the Jewish people have been persecuted over the years and how the Christian Church has been one of those persecutors.  I found one statue that depicted a Christian Ruler on one side and the Jewish lady downcast with a blindfold on the other. This was an example of how the church got it wrong when it thought it had replaced the Jewish people. What we now call replacement theology.

How could God change his mind on his promise to Abraham to Bless the Jewish nation and that he would bless all those who bless the Jews.  If he was able to do that he could change his mind about his plan for the church!  We need to open our eyes to see that God is restoring Israel and the church side by side so they will both fullfill thier devine purpose. There is no other explanation other than God is sustaining and protecting this nation and helping its growth.

Many western nations are in major decline and I believe its because they have denied the existence of God. This does not mean God will forget his people (anyone who believes in him) no matter what nation they live in, I think God is and plans to increase his blesssing on all those who seek him and call him their Lord and thier God. Again you will see the difference between those who serve God and those who do not.

Malachi 3:18 NIV 
“They will be mine,” says the LORD Almighty, “in the day when I make up my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as in compassion a man spares his son who serves him. And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.”
We could well be in a whole new era in Gods calander – Israel and all world wide believers in the God of the Jews are the sign post to say God is still the creator of heaven and earth and he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek HIM.
Feb 27, 2013 - Israel    1 Comment

Gaza Rocket

We heard from Israeli business expert today that the last 3 months has been the most peaceful it has been for years. Then suddenly a rocket was launched from Gaza in to Israel and exploded near Ashkelon.  See Rocket

One of our party was walking on the beach and heard the explosion and felt an air pressure Wave immediating after the noise.

We heard today that there are 3000 start up business happening in Israel and any one time with many 100’s being started every year. There is $16 billion US Venture capital invested in early start ups in Israel in economy of $240 billion GDP.  The Govt provides $500 million in grants per year for high risk start ups.

This is a start up nation, they are not afraid of having a go and failure is not the death of any future ideas.

Next month President Obama will be visiting Israel from 20-22 March 2013.

Alan

Feb 26, 2013 - Israel    No Comments

Israel Innovations

Its Tuesday morning in Israel clear skys and 25 cel. We had a very interesting time yesterday at the Tel Aviv University video interviewing six people who are involved with amazing business innovation. We talked with Levi Shapiro who runs excelorator programs training and mentoring young business entreprenuers with their new ideas and www.startau.co.il and www.gvahim.org.il

We interviewed one lady who is setting up an online way to invest in early start ups, – a guy working on interactive 3D visual education, a precurser to what you see on the Iron Man movie’s, – a lovely professor who is working on wearable medical sensors which montors Body operations — a young guy who developed a predictive text that links to company logos, and a guy who developed a great security app for person protection that also monitors your location any where in the world via GPS.

Israel is truely amazing innovations.

More meetings today.

Alan

Feb 25, 2013 - Israel    2 Comments

Arrived in Tel Aviv

In Tel Aviv now the start up capital of world apart from USA.
Tonight is the festival of Purim year 5773 in Jewish calander,
Purim is celebrated because Queen Esther was able to save the Jewish
nation from the evil Haman from the decree of King Xerxes
There are many people dressing up and going out to party’s acrosss the city
Alan
Feb 24, 2013 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Early Morning in London

Hi Everyone

I have uploaded a number of videos and photos to my facebook and Youtube account that you should be able to see if you are a friend on face book.

The video links below will take you to my youtube account that will allow you to see the other posted videos if you are interested.

Richard and i had a great walk through the streets of London yesterday and we came across a croud of crazy girls waiting to see Justin Beaver…we didnt wait around.

London is cold and snowing at times with beautiful light fluffy flakes, a welcome change from high 30+ deg days in Australia.  I saw where my ancestor is buried today – David Livingstone in the floor of Westminster Abbey an amazing church. Pitty it costs 18 pounds to get in! Also saw the Rosetta stone in the British Museum it’s a stone that was discovered by the armies of French General Napolian during his time in Egypt. This was the stone that helped Egyptologist understand ancient egyptian writtings.

We are leaving later today ( its 4am now) from Heathrow to Tel Aviv to begin our business match making meetings from Monday  to Thursday when we transfer to Jerusalem.

We have some great biz meetings with some amazing people.  I will tell you who they were after the meetings, but we are going to hear about all the amazing innovations coming out of the nation of Israel. So stay tuned for some exciting reports!

I have also been invited to speak briefly at the ICCC conference on modern methods of communication, this blog being one of them.

There is lots to see and hear about so check out my facebook account and the youtube video acc.

Alan

 

Feb 20, 2013 - Israel    2 Comments

Visiting Israel

Hi Everyone.

On the 23rd of Feb a group of Christian Business people are going to be in London, Tel Aviv – Jerusalem Israel, Petra in Jordon Eilat at the tip of Gulf of Acaba.

We are looking at the exciting technology innovations in Israel then attending the International Christian Chamber of Commerce Conference in Jerusalem.

You will be able to follow us as we walk the streets of Jerusalem, and see the Dead Sea, and Petra where the Indiana Jones 2 and Transformers 2 movies were filmed.

We also plan to show you some amazing mountainous area where Lawrence of Arabia staged his attacks against the Ottoman Turks during the 1st World war.

So check out this site each day to see if there is an update – I hope you will enjoy

Click here to View the First Video

God Bless

Alan

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