I'm of Jewish descent, although the last religious Jews in my family were my great-grandparents. I've been an anthroposophist for many years and read lots of books and articles by Steiner. Nope, sorry, neither a racist nor an anti-semite. I don't have time to analyze the whole thing, explain where these accusations come from, point out exactly where and why they are wrong: I'm moving in less than two weeks and I have two sets of visitors coming and my graduation at McGill within those two weeks. I just hope I survive!
So here are some tidbits and one example.
On another list, one of the people who like to accuse Steiner of being a racist said, well what about the time Steiner said that blacks don't belong in Europe? Another participant pointed out, rather sadly, that Steiner was referring to black soldiers from Senegal being forced to fight on the French side in WW I. Steiner was actually saying that it was a bit unfair for people from another continent, with no interest in the outcome, being dragged into a war where they would mostly die for no reason at all. But this humanist remark was being misrepresented as racist. Low behavior? Yup.
In the 1920's Steiner was attacked by anti-semites. They accused him of being a Jew.
A quote from the Dutch report that Rhonwyn mentioned:
"In total the Commission examined and evaluated 245 quotations from the 89,000 page collected works of Rudolf Steiner, 145 of which were reported in the interim report. This is more than twenty times as many as the approximately one dozen statements that had been quoted in this discussion in the media about Anthroposophy. The great difference in the number of quotations is, by itself already, evidence of the fact that the debate about the question whether Anthroposophy embodies racism and racial discrimination has been conducted on the basis of grossly incomplete information. This incompleteness has led to a distorted picture – in the negative sense – of both Steiner’s ideas and the reputation of the anthroposophical movement in Holland today.
The conclusion of the Commission is that sixteen statements, if they were in public by a person on his or her own authority, could be a violation of the prohibition of racial discrimination under the Criminal Code of the Netherlands. The relevant article in the Criminal Code closely resembles article 1 of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. These sixteen statements are four more than the twelve that had been identified as discriminatory in the interim report. As is described in Steiner’s autobiography, one of these had been experienced as offensive by a Jewish connection of Steiner even in his own time.
The Commission finds again that any suggestion that racism is an inherent part of Anthroposophy, or that conceptually Steiner helped prepare the way for the holocaust, has proven to be categorically wrong. As a matter of fact, the investigation of the Commission shows that, beginning in the year 1900, he clearly spoke and wrote against the dangers of anti-Semitism, including in the periodical of a then existing German association against anti-Semitism existing at that time."http://www.info3.de/ycms/artikel_190.shtml
Here is the url for anyone who wants to read a summary of the report
A quote from the Nazis on the incompatibility of Anthroposophy and Nazism:
"To briefly summarize my judgement," wrote Jakob Wilhelm Hauer, Professor of Religion at the University of Tuebingen and member of the Secret Service of the S.S.,
"every undertaking and activity of anthroposophy necessarily arises out of the Anthroposophical world view. The anthroposophical world view is in the most important points directly opposed to National Socialism. Therefore, schools which are built out of the anthroposophical world view and led by anthroposophists mean danger to true German education."(3)
Baeumler's hope was to find means to adopt aspects of Waldorf pedagogy into National Socialist education. He concluded, however, that the principles underlying anthroposophy contradict the aims of the National Socialistic State.
"The fateful distinction", he wrote, "occurs through the fact that Steiner replaces the theory of heredity with a different, positive theory. Steiner does not simply overlook the biological reality, but rather consciously converts it to its opposite. Anthroposophy is one of the most consequent antibiological systems." In that race and Volk are discounted in ahroposophy as the essential determining factor of individual capacity, Bauemler realizes that the objectives in Waldorf education, according to Steiner's principles, "can only be humanistic, and not based on race or ethnic group."(4)http://hem.passagen.se/thebee/waldorf/links1.htm
the url if you want to read the entire article