Ein genauer Blick zeigt jedoch, dass die Gestalt Weinrebs keineswegs so klare Umrisse hat. Von Galizien nach Holland Geboren am Doch vorerst nahm Weinrebs Biografie eine ganz andere Wende, die durch den Krieg und die Besetzung der Niederlande bestimmt war. Doch war es nur eine Frage der Zeit, bis dieses entlarvt und Weinreb verhaftet wurde. Die Nazis konnten bald feststellen, dass es einen solchen nicht gab — glaubten jedoch, Weinreb sei das Opfer eines Betrugs geworden. So war er zu immer gewagteren Erfindungen gezwungen.
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The region was poor and many people emigrated. Here Friedrich spent his youth. On 22 July the immigrant family became Dutch via naturalisation. He was an extremely bright child, learned reading at age 3, made a "news paper" at age 5, followed the Hogere Burger School with ease and in started to study economics at the Handels-Hoogeschool in Rotterdam, now the Erasmus University. Because of the early death of his parents, he got into financial trouble and was unable to finish his study.
In January he got a job at the Dutch Economic Institute, managed by professor Piet Lieftinck and the Noble prize winner Jan Tinbergen, who were impressed by his intelligence. He now could work at the Institute to earn the needed money for his young family in Scheveningen, whilst he studied in the evening.
On 16 December he became an economist. He hoped to promote at the Institute, but after the German occupation he got fired, because of his Jewish background November The Weinreb Affair Being now in major financial and existential trouble, he started December a complex double play that is now known as the Weinreb Affair.
In his memoirs Weinreb wrote that his fraud initially was set up to give Jews hope. He told Jewish friends detailed stories about an actually not existing escape route by train from the occupied Netherlands via Vichy France to Portugal.
Later he told that a fictitious Wehrmacht general Von Schumann had commissioned him personally to make a list of paying Jews for the intended group emigration.
Weinreb even faked being a doctor, doing medical examinations on female candidates. In the summer of Weinreb got connections with the resistance movement in Den Haag, helping them to falsify documents and to find hiding places. Here the SD played the "U-Boot spiel", which is now called waterboarding. Later they send him to prison in Scheveningen. He was forced to give them names of illegal workers, but he also convinced the SD that there were elements in the Wehrmacht that had other plans with the Jews than Hitler.
The SD decided to release him and to follow Weinreb to find them. Early October he even managed to postpone the transport of several hundred Jews on his list in Camp Westerbork to the destruction camps Vernichtungslager in the East. But around December the SD discovered his fraud and on 8 January his list lost its protected status. His family was sent to Westerbork and on 18 January Weinreb was captured and tortured for weeks in Scheveningen. On 13 May , after having again given names "doorslaan" of persecuted Dutch people, he was sent as a broken man back to Camp Westerbork.
All hope seemed lost. But on 28 June the SD brought him to the prison of Scheveningen "Oranjehotel" again, now to use him as a living puppet and bait. He had to play the game with the emigration list again, but now fully under their control. In this way the SD hoped to find the names and addresses of still hiding Jews and their helpers. He first had to operate during short periods of leave from Scheveningen prison, but September he and his family were "freed" and he was allowed to operate from his house in Scheveningen.
From end November to early February the list again appeared in Westerbork and some Jews got delay of being transported to be executed in the East. The SD was unsatisfied with the results and decided to stop the operation. Just before that, Weinreb and his family managed to escape and went underground in Gelderland 7 February - May In a Dutch report of the NIOD, six years after the ministerial commitment to the "Rijksinstituut voor Oorlogsdocumentatie", tried to give a macabre balance of saves escaped, hided and losses named SD victims of his acting: More than hundred became victim of it, whilst Weinreb actually "only" saved a few tens.
He only delayed the transportation of the hundreds of Jews on his list. Here the SD played a cruel and merciless game, compared to which the devil as portrayed in the book of Job was only a soft kind of "fallen" angel. No, it spiritually dealt with killing the calculating ego merchant in you and me.
And the Exodus from Egypt was numerologically seen also a spiritual journey along 40 resting places. But after the war dualist views on good and bad reigned. Weinreb was arrested on 3 June and was accused of fraud and collaboration with the German enemy. Weinreb denied any bad intentions.
He admitted that he personally had so much identified with his imagined role of saviour or liberator of the Jews Messiah , that he eventually became to belief in it. On 27 November Weinreb was sentenced by the "Bijzonder Gerechtshof" Special Court in Den Haag for treasury and cell espionage to three and a half year prison. But he got amnesty in the year that Queen Juliana succeeded Wilhelmina 4 September and was already conditionally liberated on 11 December After his release from prison, Weinreb was supported by his former employees, Piet Lieftinck, the first Dutch minister of Finance after the war and famous for the "Ten guilder of Lieftinck" black money reform and professor Jan Tinbergen to find a new job, but he had trouble getting a fitting job.
He wished to combine his economic work for the daily bread with his wish to become a spiritual leader, writer and counsellor. She feared for the end of the oral human tradition. Weinreb was a charismatic person, who got followers under Hebrew studying theologians and mystical seekers.
Some female followers became dependent on him, viewing him as a guru or father figure. But he was not a saint. He more than once in his life played his favourite role of a so-called objective sterile medical doctor, to study the body of females as a kind of observer. Because of those kind of sex scandals his appointments as a professor of econometrics in Jakarta and in Ankara ended prematurely. In he was sentenced to a fine in the Netherlands for quackery by playing the doctors role.
Since he was a free-lance economic advisor, but early he was warned by the psychic Greet Hofmans to leave the country. On 23 January she wrote that Weinreb "opgenomen is in een onafzienbare reeks van beschuldigingen. Onafzienbaar, want ze leveren hem uit aan de politie en wie weet wat ze dan zullen doen. As he did not want to be in prison again, he moved to his son in the hasidic community of Antwerpen , Israel ?
During the sixties Weinreb became again a controversial person in the Netherlands. But others accused Weinreb of suffering from "Pseudologia fantastica". The existential no-nonsense atheistic writer W. Hermans saw Weinreb, who already had written a lot on his version of the Kaballah, the ancient Jewish tradition, as a typical charlatan. As did conclude the Jewish scholar Gershom Scholem, who did not speak or read the Dutch language.
The Jewish feminist Renate Rubinstein became his defender. The Weinreb debate became an irresolvable Babylonian confusion, as so many views and levels of personal experience were involved with it. The relation between his life and work still remains a mystery. Weinreb published some 90 written works and many more public lectures. After he left Holland, he held Dutch lectures in Antwerpen. Ontdekking van belangrijke sleutels tot een nog onbekend elementair gebied, waar mystieke ervaring en exact weten samenkomen.
Keerpunt ook in zijn leven. It deals with the difficult choices one has to make in spiritual life. It is also translated back again into Dutch. Personal Weinreb married on 28 October Esther Guthwirth Antwerpen and got 2 sons and 4 daughters. In the Friedrich Weinreb Stiftung was erected in Zurich.
Kabale und Kabbala
Autobiografie[ bewerken brontekst bewerken ] Nadat Jacques Presser in zijn boek Ondergang enkele lovende passages aan hem wijdde,  schreef Weinreb, onder redactie van Aad Nuis en Renate Rubinstein , een autobiografie , waarin hij zijn doen en laten tijdens de oorlog uit de doeken deed. De publicatie van de trilogie Collaboratie en verzet deed veel stof opwaaien en gaf aanleiding tot de zogenaamde Weinreb-affaire. De eerste band behaalde een oplage van exemplaren, de tweede en derde van elk stuks. Een samenvatting werd keer gedrukt.