12 responses to Emma Gingerich On Leaving The Swartzentruber Amish (Video)
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    Kim Grundon
    Comment on Leaving the Amish (July 20th, 2018 at 13:24)

    Leaving the Amish

    Emma
    I am good friends with both Amish and those who have left the community. I knew how difficult it was for you to leave. I also know the struggles you went through especially with education. I wish you the best I your new lifestyle. The best advice I have is pray for understanding and guidance. God will answer you

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      Jim Gas
      Comment on Emma Gingerich (July 20th, 2018 at 20:20)

      Emma Gingerich

      All wrong. Save your tears. Fake news!

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        John J. Keim
        Comment on Emma Gingerich (July 21st, 2018 at 08:42)

        Emma Gingerich

        Hey Jim, I can attest to everything she’s saying. I left the Amish in a similar fashion back in 1969. You don’t have a clue what you’re talking about.

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        Seth Roberts
        Comment on Fake News? (July 23rd, 2018 at 15:10)

        Fake News?

        John J. Kein: Care to back up your rude allegation?

        Emma’s accent which is noticible with certain words is strong indication that the story she tells I her life as Amish is true.

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          John J. Keim
          Comment on Fake News (July 24th, 2018 at 08:57)

          Fake News

          That wasn’t my allegation. That was Jim Gas’s allegation. I was confirming her story, because I went through similar things like that when I was Amish. Just so you know.

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    Ingrid Miller
    Comment on Pictures of Emma? (July 20th, 2018 at 13:47)

    Pictures of Emma?

    From what I understand photos are not permitted…who took the photos of Emma?

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      Alex Knisely
      Comment on Emma Gingerich On Leaving The Swartzentruber Amish (Video) (July 21st, 2018 at 09:10)

      When I was visiting Amish houses, trying to learn about a kind of liver disease first described among Amish children, now and again I’d be shown photographs of a child who had died with the disease. Those photographs weren’t on the wall and they didn’t come out on the first visit. Only later, only years later. No telling who took the pictures, some English acquaintance, I imagine – not a picture of the child laid out in its coffin, just of a baby or a toddler or a boy or girl at play.

      I imagine also that those families have pictures of all the members. Pictures that are kept a secret.

      The lines are there, they are crossed knowingly. The crossings are not flaunted.

      Now, for Emma Gingerich — she might have played dress-up for the pictures of her as a young woman, having them taken for the book cover. The picture of her on the way to school, who knows?

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      Comment on Emma Gingerich On Leaving The Swartzentruber Amish (Video) (July 21st, 2018 at 10:02)

      First thing I thought as well, who took all those photos of her as a child. Something smells fishy.

      • Yes I assumed the older ones were possibly or likely done after she left. As far as being fishy regarding younger photos, I’m not skeptical about her story or her being Amish at all, sometimes children are photographed, perhaps a non-Amish neighbor or other acquaintance, and maybe she got ahold of those photos somehow.

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    Comment on Keep the faith Emy!;) (July 21st, 2018 at 20:13)

    Keep the faith Emy!;)

    Having been around the Culture now for 7 years I find it still fascinating the evolution of understanding the difference in the groups. I will support any decisions made by an Amish individual to follow their own path in Faith. 😉

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    Bruno C
    Comment on It’s important to have a choice (July 28th, 2018 at 17:26)

    It’s important to have a choice

    I’m glad she made a decision for herself. I have much admiration for the Amish, being Mennonite, (and having Amish background myself), but obviously these lifestyles aren’t for everyone. Especially once you get to orders with rules as severe as the Swartzentrubers. It’s for some, but not all. I’m glad they can still make choices, while obviously being aware of the consequences that they impose.

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    Comment on Excerpt from Emma Gingerich's book (August 7th, 2018 at 10:50)

    Excerpt from Emma Gingerich's book

    There’s an excerpt from Emma’s book here: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/insight/article/2018/07/24/i-was-brainwashed-amish-community

    You get a better sense of the dissatisfactions she had while living Amish. She describes herself as being “brainwashed” but that she did not blame her parents for it. Here’s the first paragraph:

    If only people could see where I came from, they would understand how petrified I was to leave the Amish, the only life I ever knew, and transition into “English” life. The culture shock was bigger than I had imagined. There are many different groups of Amish; my family is from the “Swartzentruber Amish,” which is a group of the least modern and uneducated Amish people on the planet. They are sometimes referred to as the knuddle-rollas (dirtrollers). They got the nickname because they take a bath only on Saturday nights, and sometimes not even that often.

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