Emmaus

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Christus and the disciples at Emmaus, Franz Weiß, 1971

But they urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.”
So he went in to stay with them.

And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, and gave it to them.

With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him,
but he vanished from their sight.                  
(Lk 24,29-31)

Franz Weiss (1921 – 2014) was an academic painter and sculptor from the Western part of Styria. He has been working as an independent artist since 1951. His œuvre covers an astounding wide range of topics and techniques, mainly sacral works of art and major commitments in public space, including altar-pieces, the decoration of churches and chapels, shrines at the wayside, crosses and tombstones, historical cycles in various techniques, murals al fresco and al secco, painting on panel and canvas, reverse glass-painting and watercolours, woodcuts, enamels, reliefs of bossed copper, mosaics, and stained-glass windows as well as sculptures of wood and stone.

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What did you learn about the Nazi Regime and Auschwitz?

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Auschwitz[Written on 28  Jan 2015. This question came from an American friend who had just visited Auschwitz, and posted his photos on facebook. The photo is borrowed from his collection.]

I was born in 1960. My father’s father died as soldier in France. My father only recently told me how: he was conductor of a truck full of gasoline that got blown up. Sad story. His mother lived from very little money, like many other widows did. My other grandma always told us about the Nazi regime and the war and the post-war (she was in the Russian zone). I still consider it a miracle that she survived the Nazi-era since she was a very outspoken person and hated Nazism. You can never say: we were good and the others were bad: Pro-Nazi and contra-Nazi ran though families, friendships, sometimes even world-views. And on which side of the invisible fence would I have been in 1938 when the Nazi – detested and feared by many and welcomed by many – took over Austria? I don’t know on which side of the fence I would have been. [1]

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