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Jacques CHIRACJacques CHIRAC, President of the Republique
"... Your great project excellently indicates the approach between France and Germany, the precursor of which and symbolic initiator was Abbé Stock. I wish that it will contribute the co-operation between our two countries and that the friendship, uniting both our contries, will be confirmend... "

 Helmut KohlDr. Helmut Kohl, former Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany
„To my great joy I heard, that the Franz-Stock-Committee in Arnsberg wants to re-erect the Camp Chapel in Le Coudray as a place of remembrance. I am emphatically welcoming this intention and wish good luck and success for its realization..”.

Letter dated March 12, 2003 – pdf-file

Translation 


Jacques CHIRAC Jacques CHIRAC, President of the Republique

The President of the Republic

Paris, April 28, 2003

Dear Mr. President,

With great interest I have taken note of the project for the foundation of the « EUROPEAN MEETING CENTRE FRANZ STOCK » in LE COUDRAY near CHARTRES.

I am glad about the honor thus bestowed in this way to this apostle of peace.

Your grand plan excellently indicates the approach between FRANCE and GERMANY, for which FRANZ STOCK was its forerunner and symbolic patronizer. I desire that the cooperation between both our countries may be continued in this way and the friendship, which unifies our countries, be strengthened.

For this reason I want to congratulate you for this initiative and to assure you of my support.
I transmit all good wishes for a realization of this exemplary project and greet you with my best wishes.

In handwriting: greeting you sincerely
Signed: Jacques CHIRAC

Monsieur Nicolas VILLEROY de GALHAU
Président du Comité d’Honneur pour le
« Centre Européen de Rencontre – Franz Stock »
22 rue Massenet
751116 PARIS


Helmut Kohl Letter from Dr. Helmut Kohl,
former Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany

Dear Mr. Dechant,

to my great joy I heard, that the Franz-Stock-Committee in Arnsberg wants to re-erect again the Camp Chapel in Le Coudray as a place of remembrance. I am emphatically welcoming this intention and wish good luck and success for its realization. Franz Stock is for me one of those grand men of the 20th century. As a German priest he left deep marks during his activity in France. His priestly service rendered to French captives – I am thinking above all about his spiritual assistance for persons convicted to death – shows a venerable humaneness and compassionate manner of living. Whoever would read his diary describing those days will be, like me too, deeply affected emotionally.

After the war he continued his priestly service for German prisoners of war in France. For him it was self-evident, despite of considerable problems with his health, to do his duty. For me and many others, who are aware of his way of life, he belongs to the grand persons of our latest history. He has not written any headlines, but stands enrolled in the book of humanity through his priestly service and kindheartedness.

I very much hope that the projects now planned will emphasize his achievement in life for all future generations. It would be a disgrace, especially also for us Germans, if his work would fall into oblivion.

With kind regards

Helmut Kohl

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