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Today 188 years ago at 6th July

Porträt Maximilian von Mexiko

Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of Austria.

Dear comrades

Today we want to think again of Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of Austria.

Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian Joseph Maria of Austria was born on 6 July 1832 in Schönbrunn Palace, then near Vienna, now the 13th district, the second eldest son of Archduke Franz Karl, a son of Emperor Franz I, and Princess Sophie of Bavaria, and was thus a brother of Emperor Franz-Joseph of Austria from the House of Habsburg-Lothringen.

Maximilian was particularly interested in seafaring and made many long-distance trips (e.g. to Brazil). In 1854, at the age of only 22, he was appointed commander of the imperial kriegsmarine (1854-1861), as the younger brother of the emperor and thus a member of the ruling house, and reorganized it in the following years.

It is therefore not surprising that our naval camaraderie bears his name.

Sadly, however, he gained fame as Emperor of Mexico. Overturned due to internal political unrest, he was sentenced to death by a court martial and shot dead on June 19, 1867, at Tres Campanas, Querétaro, after the death sentence was confirmed by the re-established President Juarez.

Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian was also the namesake of an ironclad of the K.K. Kriegsmarine.

About this ship a few details:

Ferdinand Max gained historical significance as the flagship of Rear Admiral Tegetthoff in the Battle of Lissa in the Third Italian War of Independence and the Austrian-Prussian War of 1866. The term “ironclad” may obscure the fact that it was a wooden ship with armored plates.

Although the ship was baptized “Archduke Ferdinand Max”, it bore only the name “Ferdinand Max” on the board wall.
Panzerfregatte EH Max

She weighed 5140 tons, reached a maximum speed of 12.0 knots thanks to its 3500 hp and was designed for a crew of 489 men. At the time of the Battle of Lissa, she was equipped with eighteen 48-pounder muzzle-loading guns. The iron armour was 12.8 cm on 66 cm wood plates. The prefabricated construction did not take place until 1867.

In 1868, Archduke Ferdinand Max was named the flagship of the K.u.K Eskadre. In 1870 she accompanied Emperor Franz Joseph to the opening of the Suez Canal. The Archduke Ferdinand Max remained in service longer than was usual for a wooden ship of that time as a sign of victory. In 1870 it was overhauled and refitted, and after further modernizations it took part in a naval manoeuvre in 1884 before Pola in front of the eyes of Emperor Franz Joseph. Lateron, the ship was transferred to the second reserve and decommissioned in 1885. From 1889 to 1908, she served as a tender to the gunnery training school ship Novara. The ship was ultimately broken up for scrap in 1916 during World War I.


Prof.Dr. Lothar Gellert
General Plenipotentiary

Vienna, 6th July 2020


“… a vision continues …”

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Dear comrades!
Dear friends and patrons of the Lazarus Union!

As founder of the Lazarus Union, I naturally continue to watch very closely the development and prosperity of the Lazarus Union, even if I no longer intervene “executively” in the leadership. It has been in good and caring hands since April 2019. Until the handover of the command, the motto “… a vision became true …” best described the career of the Lazarus Union since 2007.

Today I take notice of the motto of the new leadership “… a vision continues …” with great pleasure. The new courses of study from May 2020 of the “International Leadership Academy of the Lazarus Union”, which I founded in 2015, also give me the reason for this.

In my opinion, this has been a great achievement in the last few months bringing our officers’ training to a high standard. I know few NGOs where this is offered so professionally and clearly. Offered for ALL! Non-members can also immerse themselves in the world of the Lazarus Union and get to know the Lazarus Union more closely. Try it! It’s fun!

Special thanks and a big compliment to the General Secretariat of the Lazarus Union, which has assumed international responsibility for this academy and has prepared all these courses and exams and incorporated them into a workable whole. A thank you also to ALL who have made their personal contribution to this.

Yes, it’s true: “… a vision continues …” and I am very happy about it!

I am not hiding that. I ask you to continue to work according to the spirit of the Lazarus Union and its aims. Let us try to leave the world a little better than we found it. Anyone can do something about it!


Senator Prof.h.c. Wolfgang Steinhardt PhD (USA) h.c. SE
Founder of the Lazarus Union

Vienna, May 2020



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