Gabriele Wittek, née Maden, born 1933 in Wertingen (Bavaria-Swabia).
The daughter of a master tailor; she grew up in provincial surroundings
with a traditional catholic education. Trained as a clerk. Married in 1955.
1964 birth of a daughter. 1967 resident in Würzburg. After the death
of her mother in 1970, Mrs. Wittek believed she was still in contact with
her. She attended spiritual circles in order to get in touch with the dead
woman. On the 6th of January 1975 the"inner voice" is said to have broken
through to Mrs. Wittek. Since then the "spiritual teacher Brother Emanuel"
and "Jesus Christ" are said to use her as their spokeswoman. Since 1980
she has been the only connecting link between God and the world. She will
be the last prophet who will be able to convey new interpretations; after
her death there will only be revisions of the contents to be expected.
As she emphasizes she is nothing more than a sister amongst other brothers
and sisters, but her followers attach to her an almost Messiah status,
because only Mrs. Wittek herself is able to reveal the ultimate truth for
all questions of creed and daily life.
Origin and History:
In Nuremberg and Würzburg cells of the subsequent "Heimholungswerk
Jesus Christ- HHW -("to fetch home to Christ association ") have existed
since 1975. At the beginning there were four medians in the HHW and since
1980 only Mrs. Wittek. From that moment on she was callled a "Prophet".
Since that time syncretistic-Hindu influences have increased in the HHW.
In the early 80s Mrs. Wittek travelled a lot at home and abroad, winning
new followers with her "revelations". The "Heimholungswerk" expanded .
The commitment of a Munich industrialist supplied the HHW with the necessary
financial resources. In the meantime the community was renamed to " Universelles
Leben" ("Universal Life"). However in Würzburg and surrounds- centre
of the movement - the first projects failed because of the resistance of
the population. Nevertheless the U.L. was able to continue expanding so
that nowadays it is engaged in various economic activities. The U.L. carries
on "biological" agriculture and sells its own agricultural products . Having
its own "Christus hospital" the U.L. is also active in alternative methods
of medicine. In the village of Altfeld - a community belonging to the town
of Marktheidenfeld - the U.L. runs its own business centre, existing of
so called "Christus enterprises". In addition the firms of the U.L. are
engaged in the construction and marketing of buildings, in the field of
EDP and in supporting families. The U.L. ply various kinds of trades such
as joinery, weaving, tailoring and market gardening.The pedagogical sphere
is extremely important for the U.L. Besides kindergardens and day-nurseries
the U.L. has been running its own school on the basis of its religious
doctrine since 1991.
Doctrine and Practice:
The revelations of Jesus are revised, explained and surpassed
by those of Mrs. Wittek. The emergence of the earth and of the world is
said to be as a result of the departure from the inital unity. This departure
is said to be reversed through Christ, made man in the body of Jesus. On
the cross he exudes God's light to every human soul. It has only been possible
to ascend up to God since then. The objective is to transcend to perfect
unity in as fewer reincarnations as possible. U.L. provides courses which
are intended to bring light into the shadowy centres of consciousness.
These courses consist mainly of concentration and meditation exercises.
Reaching the fourth (of seven) level of the "inner path" one becomes free
from the law of cause and effect. At the end of the path the soul is united
with the complete awareness.
The U.L. is a dangerous, often underestimated organisation
whose totalitarian features are coming more and more to the fore. At the
same time the U.L. is withdrawing itself form the outside world. Its business
relationships are shady. Many closed communes and settlements of its followers
have been created .In Lower Franconia U.L.'s firms and followers are proliferating.
From: "Streifzug durch den religiösen Supermarkt" ISBN 3-583-50504-2
U.L. claims to proclaim the exclusive truth. That's why the U.L. attacks
all those who are against them. In its opinion critics of the U.L. only
show their low level of sensitivity. The venomous, slanderous and equally
dastardly treatment of the critics (anonymous letters) is in conspicuous
contrast to the so called aim of the U.L. to bring love to the whole world.
The U.L. fights against the "State Church" especially the critics of the
U.L. within it. Any criticism must be rejected because of the word of the
"Prophet" Mrs. Wittek is considered to be correct in every detail as the
all-surpassing revelation. Because Mrs. Wittek and her tidings are the
central message of the U.L. one's attitude to Mrs. Wittek is decisive for
the relation of human being with God. All Christian conceptions are given
a new interpretation.
The U.L. is not a Christian community it misrepresents Christ and Christianity
. The aim of the U.L. is to create a self-contained counter-society. The
children of U.L.-parents grow up in the U.L.-kindergarden, then they go
to the U.L.-school. After that they are apprentices in a U.L.-firm and
finally marry in the U.L. The totalitarian influence of the U.L. on its
followers shall be brought to bear from an early age in order to bring
up a second generation incapable of criticism.
ENZ, Hans; Die Prophetin, Wie Gabriele Wittek in ihr Heimholungswerk
(The Prophet, How Gabriele Wittek attrackts to fetch home to Christ
HAACK, Friedrich-Wilhelm; Das Heimholungswerk der Gabriele Wittek, EPV,
(To fetch home to Christ association of Gabriele Wittek)
HAACK, Friedrich-Wilhelm; Gabriele Witteks "Universelles Leben" EPV
München 1991 (2)
(The Universal Life of Gabriele Wittek)
MIRBACH; W., Originalität und Christlichkeit der Neurelgion "UL",
(Diss. Erlangen: 1992)
(Originality and Christianity of the new religion of the U.L.)
RELLER/KIESSIG; Handbuch relgiöse Gemeinschaften, Gütersloh:
1993 (4) S. 532 ff
(Guide for religious communities)
From "Streifzug durch den relgiösen Supermarkt"
BEHNK, Wolfgang; Abschied vom"Urchristentum" Gab.Witteks "Universelles
Leben" zwischen Verfolgungswahn und Institutionalisierung, EPV München:
© bbs e.V.Wertheim 1996