AUSCHWITZ - OŚWIĘCIM PEACE MOUND CENTER

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A symbolic stone from Bamberg Cathedral

The Archdiocese of Bamberg has donated a stone from the south-west tower of Bamberg Cathedral to the Peace Mound Center in Oświęcim (Auschwitz) in Poland.

Auxiliary Bishop of Bamberg Cathedral Provost Werner Radspieler handed the stone to the former Mayor of Oświęcim, Janusz Marszalek in a small ceremony in the Archdiocesan Laurentikapelle Ordinariate. The stone bears a shield with the inscription „1000 years of Bamberg Cathedral – for peace” and was originally part of a pillar of the South Tower, which had to be replaced due to damage caused by the maintenance department. Radspieler pointed out in his speech dedicated to the fact that this stone of Bamberg Cathedral is just destroy the statue of terror and violence, abused as it is portrayed in the story of the Old Testament pagan king Nebuchadnezzar. Radspieler called on all, to deal responsibly with the God-given power and hopes that all this stone encourages people to stand up against oblivion and for peace.

„The stone from the Bamberg Cathedral, which this year celebrates its 1,000 th anniversary should be a sign of reconciliation and peace”

said the Diocesan Director of Malteser Association in the Archdiocese of Bamberg, Gräfin von Bentzel, who initiated this stone donation.

At a special meeting took place between the representatives of the Emperor Henry High School, the headmaster OStD Michael Strehler OStR Dr. Christa Horn and a student, who last week had been in the KL Auschwitz-Birkenau, with Mr. Marszalek. For Maltese, it is important that the high commitment of the KHG may be assisted in the placement of historical events by meeting with the delegation from Oswiecim. At school there, under the direction of Dr. Horn for many years, school trips and school medical service of Malta Hilfsdiesntes.

The Remembrance and Peace Mound formed in Oswiecim will become a symbol of world peace after the request of the former concentration camp prisoner Janusz Mlynarski (Monheim am Rhein), preserve the memory of all victims of genocide, dictatorships and wars, within sight of the former concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau call for active commitment to peace and human rights.

For the Peace Mound Center stones are gathered from around the world.

The hill will be 35 meters high and one with a diameter of about 100 meters. In its interior, the stones from all around the world would be exhibited. This survey is the project of the Polish Senior Citizens’ Union .. Henryk Lagodzki, head of the Polish Senior Citizens’ Union, who was buried unfortunately on 6th July in Warsaw, has called on the people to use in the preservation of the dignity of every individual, for an end to the oppression and enslavement of people, and for a decent life for all in peace, democracy and social justice.

The contact between the initiators and the Archdiocese of Bamberg Malteser in the Archdiocese of Bamberg had produced.

„Many Maltese have long had good contacts in Poland, so it’s a matter of honor for us to support this cause,”

said Markus Johannes Nietert from the diocesan office.

For Janusz Marszalek the meeting with Bishop Radspieler was a great joy. He thanked for the historic stone and invited all Bamberger to watch the Peace Mound Center when it is completed.

„People should learn from history. Never again Auschwitz, anywhere!”

he explained the goals of the Peace Mound Center in Oświęcim.

Caption: From left to right OStD Michael Strehler, Deputy. Diocesan director Silke Hüsges, Max S., OStR Dr. Christa Horn, Janusz Marszalek, Dombauhütten Master Ulrich Först, Steinmetzin Claudia Freudensprung, Dean Bishop Werner Radspieler archivist King Matthias and the deputy. Diocesan Director Hana Countess of Bentzel.