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Johann Gareis 1745 - 1809
Who knows his future, who can draw a line, if only the present as a cardinal
point is available. Where we go, we can only dream of, but what was, that stays
unchangeable. If we are able to discover it, then we can share the sorrows
and hopes of our ancestors, we see them thrive and die, and are aware,
that not only their blood continues living in us, in particular, that it
is the remembrance, which makes them immortal.
In our memory they awake to new life, and more honour
we cannot redound to them.
Johann Gareis is a descendant of a Lord of
Manor's family in Hermannsgrün in Bohemia. His father has moved 1738 as a brewermaster
from Bohemia to the Saxon Marienthal, which belongs to Ostritz
today. Here I want to present the sons of Johann Gareis, from which the
sculptor Joseph is my direct ancestor. They are all born in the settlement
Klosterfreiheit, which also belongs to Ostritz today.
Special Exhibition, Kulturhistorisches Museum Görlitz, 29.11.2003 - 29.2.2004