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Wilkomirski, Binjamin

aka Bruno Doessekker; Bruno Grosjean. Wrote a book called "Fragments: Memories of a Childhood, 1939-1948." in which he described a childhood in Nazi concentration camps. The book was subsequently exposed as a hoax. Interestingly, Wilkomirski also claimed to recognize hoaxster "Lauren Stratford" as a Holocaust survivor.

A best-selling memoir of a "Jewish child" who claimed to have survived the horrors of Auschwitz has been exposed as a fraud and withdrawn from bookshops. "Fragments," in which "Binjamin Wilkomirski" recalled his harrowing experiences as an orphan adrift in the death camps, won the Jewish Quarterly literary prize in Britain and several book awards in other countries before doubts were raised about the writer's real identity. In the meantime, the slim volume has become the most successful Swiss book since "Heidi," acclaimed as a "masterpiece" of Holocaust literature. Wilkomirski's German publishers, Suhrkamp Verlag, who had stoutly defended the author when questions about his bona fides were first raised, Thursday withdrew hardback copies of the 155-page book from the shelves. Their about-turn comes after Wilkomirski's own agent, plagued by nagging doubts about his client, commissioned a historian to write a confidential 100-page report on his origins. Dr. Stefan Machler found that he was not a Latvian Jewish refugee after all but German-speaking Bruno Doessekker, the adopted son of wealthy Swiss Protestants.
Holocaust survivor's memoir revealed as a hoax, Detroit News/The Guardian, Oct. 15, 1999

In a lecture at the Psychoanalytic Seminar in Zurich, held at the beginning of this year [1998] and available on tape, we meet Wilkomirski as the representative of a therapeutic method, namely "Interdisciplinary Therapy." He is able to "treat" people without an assured identity, as they bring scraps of memory to light, by attaching to those scraps the appropriate facts and locales out of actual history. In this way, the patient's own life history, including identity, can be regained.
The Purloined Holocaust Biographyoffsite Translation of an article originally published in Die Weltwoche, Aug. 27, 1998

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Secular The Purloined Holocaust Biographyoffsite Translation of an article originally published in Die Weltwoche, Aug. 27, 1998
Secular Recovered Memories and the Holocaustoffsite by Mark Pendergrast

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Wimber, John (1934 - 1997)

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Christian The Church Jesus Buildsoffsite John Wimber describes his approach to doing church. Includes a timeline of his life.
Christian Offended by God?offsite By John Wimber, sharing that "Sometimes God offends our minds to reveal what is in our hearts." That statement is often heard in defense of all manner of manifestations. Find out what Wimber meant.

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Christian Power Healingoffsite by John Wimber, with Kevin Springer

Profess to be Christian but are outside orthodox Christianity Winter, Steve

A person who claims to espouse and promote Oneness Pentacostalism. However, his hate-filled, spiteful ramblings consist mostly of insults padded with template text files and other standard paragraphs. Mr. Winter is not representative of most United Pentacostalists, and certainly does not represent any variety of Christian behavior or doctrine.

It is highly recommended that you check the "Steve Winter FAQ"offsite before attempting to engage Mr. Winter in a conversation. Mr. Winter, who quite possible has been removed, barred or banned from more online services than any other person, also has a nasty habit of contacting ISPs and employers of his opponents. If and when this happens, simply provide them with a copy of the Steve Winter FAQ.

Secular A Guide to Dealing with Steve Winter of PRIME.ORGoffsite Excellent information, provided by attorney Peter Wm. Sachs, Esq. As archived by the Internet Archive.
Non-Christian Impsmailoffsite Mr. Winter's "[d]ocumentation of harassment by wire, computer crime, electronic stalking, cyberstalking, email harassment, blackmail threats, blatant lying, heresy, IRC harassment, threats etc. by false-christians, reprobates and generic criminal net trash.." As archived by the Internet Archive.
Christian Rebuttals of Steve Winter's "Bible Studies"offsite by Steve Adams
Non-Christian Refutation of the Steve Winter FAQoffsite Mr. Winter's attempt at refuting an old edition of the Steve Winter FAQ. NOTE: While "decent" compared with his incoherent and abusive ramblings in Usenet groups many people will still find this refutation offensive. As archived by the Internet Archive.
Christian Steve Winter FAQoffsite Published by Steve Adams, Moderator of the soc.religion.christian.bible-studyoffsite Usenet newsgroup
Secular Yahoo! Directory :Usenet Legends > Steve Winteroffsite No kidding. Mr. Winter has his very own Yahoo! category.

Non-Christian WISE

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Secular Witchhunt Information Pageoffsite

Information about the modern version of the witch hunts: ritual (and pseudo ritual) sexual abuse trials and those who have been wrongfully imprisoned by them. Focus is on such cases in America, where these kind of witch hunts occur with great frequency.

See also Satanic Ritual Abuse False Memory Syndrome

Aberrational, Heretical, Heterodox, Suborthodox or Unorthodox Word-Faith Movement

Aberrational, Heretical, Heterodox, Suborthodox or Unorthodox Word of Life

Scandinavia-based Word-Faith movement with an extensive, international outreach and presence. Known in Scandinavia as "Livets Ord" (Word of Life), the movement is lead by Ulf Ekman, a graduate of Kenneth Hagin's Rhema Bible Training Center.

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Secular A Totalistic Swedish Churchoffsite (CONTRA) An article from 1991.
Christian Word of Life: Prosperity Theologyoffsite (CONTRA) Overview of the movement's teachings. Article on the Dialog Center site Click for more information on this entry
Christian Wort des Lebens-Gemeinden und die Wort des Glaubens-Lehre (CONTRA)(GERMAN) This article deals with Word-Faith teachings in general, and indentifies Livets Ord as a major Word-Faith denomination. offsite

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Aberrational, Heretical, Heterodox, Suborthodox or Unorthodox Livets Ordoffsite Official Site

World Prayer Center

A spiritual warfare ministry based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Billed as a high-tech prayer center, the ministry hopes to be the nerve center for an "emerging worldwide evangelical prayer movement." The ministry's $5.5 building, situated on the property of Ted Haggard's charismatic New Life Church. Haggard envisioned the Center in 1984, and co-founded it together with church-growth specialist C. Peter Wagner - whose Global Harvest Ministries is headquartered in the building. The Center includes the latest computer technology and communications equipment, a bookstore, a "spiritual mapping" office, and private suites that can be rented for extended prayer sessions and retreats.

Rev. Joseph Thompson, Director.

It will collect and compile requests from every continent as national prayer centers report what God is doing and how His people ought to pray. Dr. Peter Wagner says, "We see our task as getting people in touch with one another to interactive, human web networks that are properly equipped to wage effective spiritual warfare."

Many Christians disagree with the notion that expensive buildings and multimullion-dollar mininistries are needed to teach the Church how to "wage effective spiritual warfare."

It should be noted that people involved with the World Prayer Center are deeply rooted in Wagner's third wave theology. Many of the names associated with the movement also adhere to the aberrant and/or heretical theological ideas promoted through today's controversial renewal and revival movements. See, for example, this Charisma News report on a so-called "corporate prophetic word" released by alleged prophets:

A great youth revival, churches so big they have to use stadiums to fit all their members and people being raised from the dead are among dramatic developments Christians have to look forward to in the new millennium, says a group of leaders widely accepted as modern-day prophets.

But there will also be more persecution of the Jews, a possible Russian invasion of Alaska, the threat of a second Great Depression and an increase in the number of natural disasters, warns the group in a "corporate prophetic word" just released after a meeting at the World Prayer Center in ColoradoSprings, Colo.

Called the Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders, the group gathered under the leadership of C. Peter Wagner, an internationally recognized authority on prayer and spiritual warfare and one of the founders of the prayer center. Among those present were Chuck Pierce, Dutch Sheets, Cindy Jacobs, Mike Bickle and Tommy Tenney.

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Christian World Prayer Centeroffsite Official site
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