Wednesday, March 1, 2017

SS Training

There are some disturbing parallels to life in the COG/TFI to be found in certain political movements and philosophies (and possibly true for other cults that I do not have firsthand experience with).

Karl Wolff, Schutzstaffel General, said of SS soldiers in the documentary series, The World at War, "They were subtly conditioned to see themselves as the sons of light, that they were engaged in a struggle against the powers of darkness. And that it was their duty to feel that they were at all times on duty for the nation, and in a wider sense, for the new order in Europe."

No subtle conditioning for us. It was direct. Berg wrote, "You are the children of God, the children of Light,"* and he told us that we were engaged in a war against the powers of darkness. We were serving God, and preparing to rule the world in the Millennium, when God's children would "run the world."

Hermann Göring wrote, "The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country" - or cult.

I've written about the "them and us" mindset in the COG, and the stifling of dissent. We were under constant threat of outside attack from "persecutors" and were to always be vigilant and on guard. Paranoid, in other words. (See Lies and Sexual Coercion)

And, to top it off, in spite of all the talk of “love” in the group, true touches of human kindness were very rare. People were too “busy with the Lord's work” to bother with such frivolities. Besides, we were the Lord's Army, and "God and His Family came first." I was even once told by a top leader that "there is no such thing as human kindness."

* "Lovelight," David Berg —Sequel to "Look of Love"— June 24, 1974 NO.307


  1. I appreciate your writing and your honesty. As a survivor of COG, I know how painful these things can be to speak about. I was only involved for a relatively short time in the early 70's yet still the questions persist; who was I all those years ago, what was I lacking that I felt the need for what COG offered. I can look back now, after a lifetime of experience, with humor and even a certain nostalgia. Yet still I wonder how that all happened. Gary

    1. Thank you for your comment. I find it amazing that even a short time in the COG can affect people so deeply. I have heard from many who share that same sentiment.

      I guess it's a shock to all of us, after climbing out of that rabbit hole, to look back at our former selves and question. It certainly has been for me.

  2. hello....I dropped out of college in 1972 to join the COG. Those years were unhappy ones...