Alma Sedonia Knobloch - Maidservant of the Divine Plan
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This book shines a light on a remarkable heroine of the Bahá´í Faith. Alma Knobloch (1864–1943) one of the three Knobloch sisters, raised up the first African-American community in North America, and was instrumental in the growth of the Bahá’í community in Germany. In His Tablets of the Divine Plan, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá wrote: ‘Likewise Miss Knobloch travelled alone to Germany. To what a great extent she became confirmed!’
Alma’s 13 years in Germany saw an astonishing growth in the Bahá’í community to become the largest in Europe. Following ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s visit in 1913 and the outbreak of the First World War, the emerging community focused its efforts on peace: soldiers who had attended Bahá’í meetings entered the battlefields with Bahá’í prayers and quotations against their breasts. Alma continued to open new Bahá’í communities, and at the end of the War she emerged from the bomb shelters of Mannheim to receive confirmations in large halls overflowing with hundreds of people who came to hear the message of Bahá’u’lláh throughout Germany. She also taught early believers in Switzerland, Austria, and the Czech Republic, as well as future Hand of the Cause Hermann Grossmann, and the first European martyr, Adam Benke. Many of the Tablets from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to Alma and other believers in Germany from 1908 to 1920 are published in English in this book for the first time.
In 1920, Alma returned to the United States, where she dedicated the rest of her days to race unity, fearlessly crossing the racial and social barriers to build up lasting communities in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. These later years of her life have been little known until now and are recounted here.
About the Author
Jennifer Wiebers lives with her husband Carsten and their three children in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. She is a Soil Physicist by training and has recently entered the field of Agrobiotechnology. Jennifer has a passion for Bahá'í history, which she has been studying for more than 30 years. For the past ten years she has been meticulously researching the life of Alma Knobloch and has thereby uncovered important details of the early Bahá'í activities in Washington, DC; Buffalo, New York and various other US locations including Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, as well as in St Catherine's, Canada; Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the Czech Republic. In addition, she has studied the historic visit of 'Abdu'l-Bahá to six European countries just before the First World War. Jennifer is strongly involved in the Bahá'í Institute Process which contributes to the betterment of the world and a peaceful future for all mankind.
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Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm