Understanding friendship peace
is the new part of the inscription of the baroque cross built in 1796 and restored in 2008 in the cemetery in Peterswald / Petrovice, to its inauguration on May 31, 2008
native Czechs and displaced Germans, a total of 150 between the ages of six and 87 met.
Liane Jung, supervisor of the internally displaced person Peterswalder, welcomed those present, namely Vicar General Monsignore Karel Havelka,
deputy Peterswalder Mayor Walter Wolf, restaurateur of the cross, Michal Bilek from Peterswald,
the Markersbacher male choir and the Peterswalder Kinderchor. You leave a greeting from Bernhard Bessel, mayor of the city of Hainburg,
the German godparents of Peterswald, and patron of the expelled Peterswalder. Bessel congratulated on the inauguration of the restored baroque cross
and regretted not being able to attend the inauguration ceremony. He thanked the initiators of the restoration (Liane Jung, Renate von Babka,
Rüdiger Waurig and Dr. med. Rudolf Pueschel), the 25 donors responsible for the funding, and the sculptor Michal Bilek from Peterswalde
for the artisanal and artistically successful work. The restoration of the cemetery cross is proof to him of the veracity of Friedrich von Schiller’s words:
“The home is probably the dearest thing that people own.” Literally he wrote: “… who keeps his home and his origin alive in the heart,
can also To find the strength to shape the future with moderation, steadiness, patience, courage and confidence. ” And further: “… this beautiful cross, which is newly consecrated today,
(stands) not only for (your) dignity and attachment to your homeland, but also for your deep and firm faith (in God), who has given you support even in the most difficult situations;
so you could always give direction to your life, instead of becoming empty inside and out of focus. “
Then General Vicar Monsignore Havelka from Litomerice / Litomerice blessed the cross. He called the restoration a great work of
art, rewarding the donors and restaurateur with a heartfelt “Pardon God”. He expressed the hope that the injustice of expulsion would never be repeated.
Pointing to the Holy Cross, he recalled the salvation and reconciliation of humanity through Jesus Christ. The blessing ended with praying together of
the “Lord’s Prayer” and “Hail Mary,” and singing the hymn “Great God we praise you”.
The Monsignor’s Words reminded the reviewer of a scene that television broadcast almost exactly 40 years ago: it was the time of the Prague Spring
when communist party leader Dubcek tried to give some humanity to communism in the Czechoslovak Socialist People’s Republic.
He once appeared on the balcony of the Hradschin to accept the homage to tens of thousands of his followers. Microphone or speakers were not available.
So Dubcek pointed first to himself, then to the crowd, and then spread his arms as a gesture of embrace. Even this gesture symbolized the cross,
which, therefore, also has significance outside of the Christian religion: the post of the cross symbolizes a relationship between earth and heaven and thus between God and man.
His bar symbolizes the outstretched arms of the Redeemer as a symbol of interpersonal relationships. Thus, the cross is a symbol of understanding,
friendship and peace between people, regardless of their race, religion, nationality or political attitude.
Walter Wolf, deputy Czech mayor of Peterswald, welcomed the participants on behalf of the mayor and community representatives.
He called the crucifixion proof of a peaceful coexistence of the present Czech with the former German inhabitants of Peterswald,
despite the “time of darkness in our relations … between the years 1938-45 and (in the) subsequent period”. He announced that the renovation of the Baroque Cross will be followed by
the preservation and restoration of the ruins of the Peterswald Baroque church, which he regards as a dominant and cultural asset of his parish.
He expressed the hope of being able to welcome all those present again to their inauguration.
At the end of the celebration Renate von Babka thanked the guests for coming. She quoted from one of the last letters of the Nollendorfer Willibald Bail,
who had looked forward to the inauguration of the cross, the death but then made the participation impossible. He wrote: “Youth wants peace and reconciliation.
She finds it easier to forgive because she did not have to experience misdeeds and expropriation. There are so many Czechs who want to reach out to reconciliation, to peace.
It would be new wrong not to accept this insight of the Czechs. “
The German initiators and donators of the Kreuzrestaurierung said goodbye to the German and Czech participants in the conviction that they had made
a valuable contribution not only to the Sudeten German culture of remembrance, but also to the understanding between the two peoples,
in the spirit of Willi Bail, the Christian and others Religions, and the “Charter of German Expellees” adopted in 1950.