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“… a vision continues …”

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



April 1st – but not an April Fool`s joke

Wolfgang Steinhardt 100 NEU 2019 Senator Prof.h.c. Wolfgang Steinhardt
Founder of the Lazarus Union
Gellert Lothar Juli 2019 100 Prof.DDr. Lothar Gellert
General Plenipotentiary of the Lazarus Union

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

Vienna, April 1st 2020

Exactly one year ago, after more than twelve years, I took the leadership of the Lazarus Union into the (younger) hands of Prof.DDr. Lothar Gellert. In retrospect, this was an excellent choice, because Lothar has managed to take the leadership of the Lazarus Union firmly into his hands, to set new impulses, to adapt the organization to current needs and to acquire the respect and loyalty of all comrades.

It is not easy to take over the leadership of such a large and globally represented organization, but Lothar has managed to accomplish this massive task with great personal commitment and with the help of his family. I would like to congratulate Lothar personally from the bottom of my heart and to thank him sincerely for this.

I would also like to thank all the members of the Presidium, the Supervisory Board, regional commanders and command officers for the fact that the handover of command was so smooth and practically without “frictional losses”. If I’m honest, I didn’t expect it any otherway. I have known most of my comrades for many years and I know their commitment to live “the spirit and ideas of the Lazarus Union”.

The biggest difficulty to solve was the fact that many members still regarded me as a “shadow president” who is still “consulting to “make sure” that everything is “running right.”

Once again: I was not. I, am not and I will not be a “shadow president” in the future. I founded, built and led the Lazarus Union for more than twelve years. Now younger people are in demand to continue this work and to set new impulses. Lothar is a lucky hit and leads the Lazarus Union with heart, mind and consistency. In fact, I think that the Lazarus Union is doing even better today than it was when I handed it over to Lothar. That’s wonderful and I hoped it.

The fact that I am always in the heart of the Lazarus Union and that this will remain in the future is an honorable matter for me. It is also an honorable matter for me to work further on for the Lazarus Union as far as I can. But NOT as “shadow president”!

I wish you all much joy and fulfillment in your activities for the Lazarus Union, for others and also for yourself. Never stop and never stop to start and always think of our four main principles: tolerance, humility, humanity, and mercy.

Take care of You and remain healthy!



„… a vision becomes true …“

                                              Vienna, September 2019

Dear visitor of this homepage!

When I safely returned to Austria together with my family after a 5-year business stay in the Dominican Republic in 2005, I wanted to give back a little of all the good that life had provided for me.

I never was seriously ill, never was jobless, never was in money troubles, have a wonderful wife to which I am happily married for 49 years, have two   smart sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren. More than enough reasons for me to do something for others, to make some charitable work, or so I thought.
A year later I made my decision and the LAZARUS UNION (under a different name by then) was founded in 2006.

What I would never have dared to expect, not even in my fondest dreams, was that

  • in 2019 the LAZARUS UNION would become a worldwide relief organization with more than 22.500 members in more than 120 countries,
  • the LAZARUS UNION would become an organization with “General Consultative Status as NGO with the United Nations“ and
  • in 2017 the LAZARUS UNION would get nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

All this obviously impossible happened, a vision became true!

I founded the Lazarus Union in the year 2006 and  have been running the Lazarus Union until March 31st 2019 as General Plenipotentiary. I would like to thank you for the time I was able to spend with you as your General Plenipotentiary. In spite of all disappointments and setbacks I do not want to miss this time in my eventful and good life.

I wish all the best to the LAZARUS UNION and especially to my successor. I wish the LAZARUS UNION the success it deserves. The Lazarus Union was, is and will be in the future an organization that anyone can be proud of, who has the privilege to make his contribution.

A good time to all visitors of this homepage!

Wolfgang Steinhardt 250 NEU 2019

Senator Prof.h.c. Wolfgang Steinhardt
Founder of the LAZARUS UNION