This picture shows the Austrian Hospice in Jerusalem's old city of Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the most important place for both Judaism and Christianity.

In my texts "Jerusalem" is a metaphor for the common foundation of Judaism and Christianity. The root "Jerusalem" was deeply violated by discrimination, persecution and murder of the Jews in Europe. The injuries to this root have a long and paradoxical story: In connection with the Crusades to liberate Jerusalem from Islam, the Christian crusaders also destroyed at home the Jewish "Jerusalem on the Rhine". This event can be considered as the first precursor of the Shoah. An acknowledgement of this past never took place.

With the erosion of the Christian faith, West European societies broke away from the
root "Jerusalem". The following quote from 1908 still sounds like the realistic description of our current situation in Europe: "When a religious scheme is shattered (…), it is not merely the vices that are let loose. The vices are, indeed, let loose, and they wander and do damage. But the virtues are let loose also; and the virtues wander more wildly, and the virtues do more terrible damage. The modern world is full of the old Christian virtues gone mad. The virtues have gone mad because they have been isolated from each other and are wandering alone." (Gilbert Keith Chesteron: »Orthodoxie«, 1908) - What could make it even clearer that healing is needed at the root, as suggested by this project?

A culture of uprooted people is not viable. It's like with a tree: only a tree that has roots can stretch to the sky.





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