Mary, where are you?

by Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue April. 20, 2018 1678 views

May I introduce you to Joseph? It's our beloved listed historical monument in our garden. Everybody calls it Joseph, because the figure on top is Saint Joseph with the Infant Jesus. Sadly, the figure is more or less "new", because originally the monument was erect in 1698 for Mary. But she was sick about it, standing or sitting around on a column for greedy purposes only. She went missing between the late 17th century and the renovation in 1914. Joseph, her husband, occupied her place. Now he is still patiently waiting for her with his little foster son in his arms. Every day looking up and down the street. At least the part with the inscription beneath Joseph's feet is still the baroque original.

Counter-reformation was brutally forced in Austria. The monument was erected to get a well paid job back. Martin Schneider, a Protestant, wanted to stay judge in Lutzmannsburg. So he paid his way back in Catholicism by buying a monument for Mary. It was his only way and only chance to proof, that he would be once more a good Catholic.

By the way the majority of inhabitants are until today Protestants. But times and people don't change. Austrians are used to have a membership book. They are capable to change their colors very fast. They are like this round chocolate "pills" covered by colorful sugar, but beneath the inviting sugar is the sickening disgusting brown hidden.

Sometimes I want to follow Mary, where ever she went.

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 6 months ago

He is going to wait for a while. smile Your depiction of Austrians is a strong one. Perhaps it has to do with the country location in Europe. Once wedged between Europe and the Ottomans.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 6 months ago

Yes, it is part of their history. But even back in the 19th century writers and actors made (desperate) jokes about the devote appearance  - on the outside. Austrians like to forget their own migratory background and try until today (80 years after Anschluss 1938!) to convince others (after successfully convince themselves), that they were the first victims of Nazi-Germany. They never took, take or will take responsibilty for anything. And yes, I'm pissed off. *SIGH* Nevertheless I love our "Joseph" - poor single father ... smile

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Antonio Gil Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 6 months ago

I agree with you. I'm an avid reader of things related to WWII and I believe you're totally right in your analysis

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 6 months ago

Love these & your commentary, as always!

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 6 months ago

Thanks! blush

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Jay Boggess Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 6 months ago

Always a treat, Sis!

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Sherry Hill 1 year, 6 months ago

1608, so old.. i so love cemetery walks.. so many tombstones, so many stories..

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Sherry Hill 1 year, 6 months ago

Oh yes, tombstones ...
I love Vienna's Zentralfriedhof https://www.photoblog.com/strohschneider-laue/2017/08/11/ehrengrab-1/

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Berckmans Peter 1 year, 6 months ago

Follow the rose line and find Mary.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 6 months ago

*giggle*
If I follow the rose line beneath the statue, I will find the grave of our dog!

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 6 months ago

smile

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