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Clemens August Kardinal Graf von Galen

Dinklage, Vechta 1878 - Münster 1946
Bishop of Münster; during World War II, he led Catholic protest against Nazi euthanasia and denounced Gestapo lawlessness and the persecution of the church
artist unknown

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Commemorative plaque with portrait, a 1941 quote of Cardinal Von Galen: "Become hard! Stay firm! We are not hammer, but anvil. What is forged on the anvil, gets its shape not only from the hammer, but also from the anvil", and Galen's coat of arms as cardinal. The plaque is on the south wall of the 'Kerzenkapelle' (Candle Chapel), with in front of it a sculpture of an anvil and a hammer on a tree trunk.


»Hart werden! Fest bleiben!

Wir sind nicht Hammer, sondern
Amboß. Was auf dem Amboß
geschmiedet wird, erhält seine
Form nicht nur von dem Hammer,
sondern auch vom Amboß.« (1941)
Clemens August Kardinal von Galen
Bischof von Münster 1933-1946


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Locatie (N 51°35'1" - E 6°14'36") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

Item Code: denw743; Photograph: 15 June 2019
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