Thank you for your empathy - it’s a long time ago that I had anything directly to do with these people, apart from certain members of my family.
It was founded in the 1920ies by a Oskar Bernhard, a salesman and travel writer after he was a POW on the Isle of Man in the UK and claims to (now) have many international followers. He initially called himself Ab’drushin and later Ismael and his followers now write about him as ‘der HERR’ (the LORD)- and yep, they do that in capitals!
One thing that is quite fascinating to observe, given the endless interpretation of other ‘scriptures’, is the fact that, although he quite clearly states in his books that they are all that’s needed, his followers are busily modernising things by ‘interpreting’ or ‘reading’ them.
A religion which forbids mixed swimming pools and dancing (on account of that making you feel lustful) would probably have trouble finding many followers in Germany today, so those strictures have been ‘loosened’ by his followers.
Like I said before, I could go on and on. Wikipedia has an entry on this but it really only scratches at the surface. If you’re interested, you can read some of the writings of ‘der HERR’ in English on http://www.poznani.sk/in-the-light-of-truth.
Finally, my name is pronounced like woolly without the W