Germans and Other Non-Israelites in Brit-Am Nations.
Amos (NASB) 9:
9 For behold, I am commanding,
And I will shake the house of Israel among all nations
As grain is shaken in a sieve,
But not a pebble will fall to the ground.
Brit-Am/Hebrew Awareness identifies the Lost Ten Tribes with peoples who settled mainly in the British Isles, Scandinavia, and on the fringes of Western Europe. Before reaching those places they had passed though other areas. Here and there pockets of them remained behind. Descendants of these "others" also in the course of time moved into "Brit-Am" areas. This especially concerns immigrants to the USA. We have discussed this in our works, "Joseph," "The Tribes," and elsewhere. It is in fact an important subject and should merit an intensive study of its own. The following article mainly concerns immigrants from the former German Empire who reached North America. What applies in this case is also pertinent to others. Israelites were in Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Italy, Spain, Germany, etc, before migrating.
It is important to remember two points:
1. These people are also Hebrew as descended from the Ten Tribes.
2. What applies to them DOES NOT (in most cases) pertain to those who stayed where they were.
The following notes show that those who left were different from those who did not.
Concerning the Hebrew Ancestry of people of non-British and non-Brit-Am Nations stock we received the following message.
I have met a number of people in my area of Michigan with German ancestry whose grandparents came here around 1900 + or -.. They are interested in the Bible and my timeline.. Could they be descended from the "germaine," or the real Tribes of Israel?
You said once that those who came from Europe were of a different stock than those who stayed behind. My friend Steve Mathe once commented that the Ten Tribes and Jews emptied out of Europe between 1848 and 1914 and came to this blessed land of Joseph - USA.
I would appreciate your comments. Thank you,
The Germans in America Were Different!
Germany had been populated by peoples of different origins. One-third of the underlying structure of Germanic languages is derived from Hebrew as demonstrated by Terry Marvin Blodgett, "Phonological Similarities In Germanic and Hebrew," Utah, USA, 1981, (see "The Tribes").
Hebrew speakers amalgamated with European peoples. The original Hebrew-speakers had been dominant in Scandinavia and the North. Together with whatever groups that had joined them they conquered other peoples. Subsequently they imposed their language over a wide region. In the period 200 CE to ca. 500 CE the majority of Israelites had left Germany. Some remained. The peoples that had previously been conquered in Germany were of mixed origins. Linguistic evidence (reported by Roman Grabolle) shows the presence of Slavonic elements in the south and southwest of Germany; in Bavaria, Thuringia, Hesse, and Wurtemburg. In addition the whole of eastern Germany was later overrun by Wends and related Slavic peoples.
Roman Zaroff says that:
# During the second half of the fifth century, as a result of the collapse of the Hunnic empire, the area between Elbe-Saale and the Oder rivers, corresponding roughly to the former East Germany, was depopulated, as the various Germanic tribes moved toward the Mediterranean world. In the course of the late fifth and seventh centuries the population vacuum was filled by the Slavic people. They assimilated the remnants of the Germanic population, and the entire territory by the seventh century was Slavic speaking. Consequently by the early tenth century the Germanic-Slavic frontier, in that part of the Europe, roughly followed the line of the Elbe and Saale Rivers. Between the 10th and the twelfth centuries the Germans brought the Slavic territory, east of that line, as far as the Oder river, under varying degrees of control. Over the following centuries, these lands were Germanized and now form an integral part of Germany. #
Zaroff relates that in the East after reconquest settlers were brought from West Germany and from the Netherlands, Flanders (Belgium), and Frisia (North Netherlands). The new settlers were often relocated in groups of their own.
Until about 200 years ago most people only married within their own neighborhoods. This phenomenon existed not only in Germany but all over the world..
G.M. MORANT ( "The Races of Central Europe," London, 1939, p.124) based on craniological studies indicated that the physical type throughout most of Western Europe and Germany had changed in the period under discussion. Craniology examines the shape of the skull. The Cephalic Index in static populations is determined by heredity. It used to be thought that the shape of the head is determined entirely by inheritance. It is now known that in some cases when a family changes location so does the skull shape of newly born infants. Very often however it remains similar to that of the parents. When large populations migrate the skull shape of the majority usually remains the same. What exactly determines change or lack of change in shape is unknown. At all events changes (especially sudden ones) of the skull shape of populations can indicate changes in their origins. The criteria involved are not absolute standards and must be used with reservation. Other factors are also involved. Morant (p.12) says that before 500 CE the predominant skull shape in Western Europe was long-headed. Regarding Germany in the years 500 CE to 800 CE changes in skull shape show that two new waves of migrants were entering apaprently from the east. These were of 'Alpine' and 'Dinaric' broad headed type. Up unto 1300 BCE we find these new types co-existing alongside the former longheaded one. There is no intermediate type. After ca 1300 the longheaded type virtually disappears in most areas. This indicates either that new racial elements had become predominant or an unexplained environmental effect had taken place. [Archaeological findings show that in North America at about this same time and along the same approximate lines of latitude similar changes took place among the Amerindians! The head shapes of Jewish immmigrants to Israel and the USA also have changed within a single gneration!] Similar changes are claimed (by others) to have taken place in the Rhine Region of Germany after the 1700s CE, possibly as a delayed result of foreign mercenaries and the Thirty Years War (1618-1648). The changes may be the result of either hereditary factors or geographic ones or a mixture of both.
In the 1800s CE there was a massive emigration from Germany to America. German officials noticed something different, almost ethnic, about those who emigrated. They often went in groups. Whole regions were almost entirely evacuated whereas in other areas most remained and showed no inclination to leave. What applied to Germany also hold for other parts of Europe. One ethnic group had settled alongside another. The two entities spoke the same language and came to consider themselves part of the same people while consciously or in some cases subconsciously retaining a certain individuality. When the time came the two parts separated. It is probable that some degree of intermixture had also occurred.
"The Races of Europe: by William Z. Ripley, USA, 1899, refers to ethnological studeies showing that the physical characteristics of emigrants from Europe were different from those who remained.
Those people from Germany who migrated to America were on the whole of different stock from those who stayed behind. This claim is backed by sociological, geographical, and ethnic studies. The same applies in many cases to other parts of Europe. We identify they who came as Israelites and those who remained behind as non-Israelites. This does not mean that all those who came over were of Israelite origin or that none of Israelite origin remained behind. The point applies in a general sense and allows for numerous exceptions. One of the criteria for determining who is of Israelite stock and who is not is the presence or lack of anti-semitism. Groups which for their age and place are over long periods of times relatively free of anti-semitism are more likely to be of Israelite descent than groups that do not display this quality. A major wave of emigration from Germany to the USA occurred in the 1800s. This wave provided much of the source material upon which we based our claims. In Germany there had always been elements (chiefly in the cities) that were more freedom-loving and less subject to control. They were constantly rebelling and being suppressed. They were especially dominant in the Rhineland and West. They were less anti-semitic than other groups. They included many Anabaptists and members of small erratic religious sects. Socially, economically, and politically they did not really belong in Germany and felt it. From these groups came many of those who migrated to the USA.
Stan NADEL, a researcher of Historical Sociology at Southwestern Oklahoma State University found that amongst the immigrants to the USA from Germany there was relatively little anti-semitism. This was despite that fact that in Germany at that time anti-semitism was deeply entrenched. It was respectable and even considered 'scientifically' justified. It was prevalent everywhere, at all levels of German society. Even Jews were infected by it and hated their own kind as they hurried to the baptismal fount. The emigrants to the USA however seem not to have been influenced by the poison of Jew-hatred. Nadel says that in his view those groups that migrated to the USA from Germany had never allowed themselves while in Germany to be polluted by the prevailing trends. They had always been different.
At all events NADEL testifies that those who came in the 1800s were diferent.
# I've done extensive research on 19th century German immigrants to the US and, based on this literature I expected to find lots of Antisemitism among German immigrants. Instead, as I pointed out (in my "Jewish Race and German Soul in Nineteenth Century America" American Jewish History, September, 1987), I found very little evidence of German-American Antisemitism in the historical record (including the pages of the American Israelite which reported lots of Anglo-American Antisemitism at the time). Instead, I found that Jewish participation and leadership was widespread in German-American institutions and communities.
# Surely, if German Anti-Semitism was as deep and widespread as the literature suggests, it should have made a more visible appearance in the US among German immigrants. As it did not, I'm inclined to suspect that the German situation wasn't as clearly defined [as suggested]. I have no doubt Antisemitism was widespread among some groups and had the effect [reported]. But I think it must also have been fairly weak among other groups of Germans --particularly those which generated much of the migration to America. #
At the same time many promoters of anti-semitism and Jew-haters in general in the USA at a later date were of German origin. The possibility of mixed (Israelite and non-Israelite) origins must also be allowed for.
Emigration from Germany to the USA
In the USA there are approximately 50 million Americans of German descent. These comprised in 2000 about 15% of the population. They are the largest self-reported ancestry group ahead of Irish Americans, African Americans and English Americans. Kindergartens, Christmas trees, Santa Klaus, hot dogs, hamburgers, sauerkraut, strudel, lager beer, spring cleaning, may all be attributed to German Americans. Amongst the US regions, German was the most-reported ancestry in the Midwest, second in the West, and third in both the Northeast and the South. Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Herbert Hoover were of German descent. Presidents with some maternal German ancestry include George Washington, Richard Milhous Nixon, and Barack Obama. Politicians John Boehner, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and politician Rand Paul, are of German origin. American Germans such as Eisenhower and Fleet Admiral Chester William Nimitz fought against Germany in both wars. For this and other reasons Americans of German descent tend to downplay their German roots. Our impressions are that Americans Germans are to some degree of Israelite stock whereas those who stayed in Germany are not.
Ever since the first colonists came to America immigrants from Germany have been arriving. The notes below provide a quick overview of this process.
1683 to 1820. Many Protestants from Southwestern Germany moved out. From 1728 until 1820 more than 100,000 moved to the USA. About half of them went as indentured servants who could not otherwise pay for their voyage. They preferred an initial life of servitude than a continued sojourn in Germany.
1820 to 1871. "Poor harvests and extreme deprivation among a turbulent and fairly mobile population" led to another wave also from the southwest. These represented a slightly better off but dislocated social grouping. The emigrants included those who wished to avoid wars and military service and elements local governments wanted to be rid of. After 1848 some of the emigrants left due to disappointment with the way Germany was evolving politically and the lack of respect for human dignity. These were only a minority but to some degree they set the tone for many of the others. Towards 1870 more immigrants began to arrive from the western and northwest areas.
By the 1870s, most emigrants from Germany were coming from Mecklenburg and the poor rural Prussian provinces of the east. These were mainly lower middle class people with families.
1871 to 1914. Emigrants came from all areas of Germany, including large numbers from the eastern provinces of Prussia. These included Jews, and Poles, and others who were not really Germans.
1914 to 1945. Emigrants included political dissenters, Jews, and others who were uncomfortable with post World War-1 developments. Between 1933 and 1941 80% of the immigrants were Jewish.
The general picture of migration from Germany to the USA shows a concentration on now one area, then another, now one particular social class then the next one. Nevertheless, particular groupings are involved. They are those who were uprooted or lacked a lasting foothold in German society. The new scientific racial scientists of the 1900s had begun to develop methods of skull measurement and the like. There were those who claimed to perceive statistically significant differences between the emigrants and those who remained. We hold that their ancestry was different. In our opinion they who left were of Israelite descent whereas the others were not.
A Recurring Pattern of Settlement
In Biblical times the Tribe of Menasseh had been divided. Half was on the west side of the jordan River and the other half on the eastern side. The Jordan River divided the two halves. Later until they moved to America they were again divided one half being in the British Isles and the other half 'over the water' on the Continent. Those in Continental Europe (Germany, etc) largely evacuated the area and moved to North America. The greatest proportion moved from Britain to America. Many however still remained in Britain even though Britain is dominated by Ephraim. The two halves were once again divided by an expanse of water this time the division being the expanse between Britain and the USA. The sub-group of Gilead had always been a leading element in Manasseh. Part of Gilead (like Manasseh in general) had been east of the Jordan River and part to the west. Until they moved from North Britain to America Gilead too had been divided by an expanse of water. Part had been in the Borderlands between North England and Scotland and part had been 'over' the water in Ulster of Northern Ireland. More than 66% of the early British settlers in America came from western areas, see Calvin KEPHART, "Races of Mankind, Their Origin and Migration," NY, 1960, p.438. We thus see a recurring pattern of settlement repeating itself.