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More Pedantry

Subject: Re: More Pedantry
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 1995 14:15:26 -0500

93 Karl and all,

>>what is the OTO (or pseudo-OTO) group in Germany headed by 
>> Michael Eschner?

Complete and utter fake.  Eschner usurped the name and pirated Crowley
texts.  No connection to O.T.O. or O.T.O. practices.

> Another interesting point made in the encyclopedia is that the head of the
>OTO is seated in Switzerland and is an organisation which the 'american'
>OTO doesn't recognize. Who are they, now?

That's probably what's left of Metzger's organization, although Peter
Konig has pretences in that direction from Switzerland as well (based
upon Berteaux's pretenses, of all silly things.).  Herman Metzger (now
deceased) approached Partzifal Krum Heller (son of Fr. Huracocha, a Xth
degree under Reuss and Crowley) with claims of being a member of
a pre-WWII Reuss chartered O.T.O. branch.  He was refered to Karl Germer,
then O.H.O. of O.T.O.  Germer became interested in Metzger's contentions
and directed Frederic Mellenger, a IXth degree O.T.O. member then living
in Europe, to teach Metzger and regularize his O.T.O. standing if possible
under the pattern and rites set up by Crowley.  After Germer's death
in 1962 e.v., Metzger attempted to convince Germer's widow that he, Metzger,
was Germer's successor as Head of O.T.O.  Mellenger interceded with the
attorney of the estate (having been named in Germer's will as co-executor
for O.T.O. under the will).  According the Mellenger, Metzger failed
to complete the course laid out for him and never became regular
within the O.T.O. under Crowley-Germer...   Metzger ignored this
and continued his operation as "Head of O.T.O."  After Metzger died,
his organization was continued by it's members.  O.T.O. does not
recognize it, but it does claim to be O.T.O.
The address for Metzger's organization is:

  Abbey Thelema
Abbey Thelema CH - 9063
Stein/App.     Switzerland

  The case is still open as to whether they have any connection,
even a continuity of membership, with the pre-Crowley O.T.O.  They
do not have O.T.O. continuity through Crowley and Germer.

93 93/93
Bill Heidrick, Treasurer General O.T.O.

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