Bruno Gröning Circle of Friends: 1950s spiritualist quackery in Melbourne

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Bruno Gröning (1906–1959)

I received a pamphlet in the mailbox last night, complete with a slip announcing a monthly “information lecture”, for the “Bruno Gröning Circle of Friends”.

What on Earth is a Germany-based group, devoted to the quack claims of a German mystic in the 1950s, doing active in Melbourne?

During the fifties he sparked interest from the public around the world through extraordinary healing successes and he left behind the knowledge about how to take in a spiritual healing power, the “Heilstrom”. Healings occur today as back then, even of incurable diseases. Numerous medically documented success reports demonstrate the current effects of his teaching.

“A Selection of Five Success Reports” is on one page, which are all personal testimonials (not “medically documented”) about angina, depression, asthma, allergies, migraine, and back pain — nothing about “incurable diseases”, and nothing about medical diagnosis or verification.

The insert announces a schedule of lectures, most in months gone by. But one is coming up this month on 2014-06-13, at East Melbourne Library, 122 George Street, East Melbourne (map).

Would there be value in skeptics going along? We might like to ask questions before the assembled audience and have them answered for everyone to hear; but “information lecture” sounds more like preaching with no opportunity for public Q&A.

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