Governor Dr.Erwin Pröll-Knight of Honour of the Lazarus Union


A man – a word !


A report by „Spectator“


On March 16th 2017 the Governor of Lower Austria Dr. Erwin Pröll accepts officially the dignity of an Honourable Knight of the Lazarus Union in the rank of an „Honourable Grand Commander“.

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To the „prehistory“:

Already in 2011 the Chapter of the Knighthood of Honour of the Lazarus Union decided by a secret unanimous vote to take the Governor Dr. Erwin Pröll in the Knighthood of Honour.

Next to retired Federal Minister Dr. Werner Fasslabend and his wife Martina Fasslabend (decrees 1 and 2) Dr. Pröll became the Honorable Knight with decret number 3 and therefore he is regarded to be a „Founding Member“ of the Knighthood of Honour.

But at that time Dr. Pröll asked us „…not to hang this on the big bell as long as he would be the Governor…“. We respected his request and we never made any „publicity“ with it. Solely the fact that we could regard him as our brother and Honorable Knight made us happy.

But now Dr. Pröll retires after being the Governor for 25 years and so we were able to get officially the Knights‘promise from him in his office in the frame of a visit of the retired Federal Minister Dr. Werner Fasslabend, President Senator Prof. h.c. Wolfgang Steinhardt and Vice President Grand Prefect Ludwig Brunner. Afterwards we took him up publicly in our rows by handling out the decret (dated from 2011) and the insignias.

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To the Governor the quote „a man – a word“ applies in the noblest sence. You can count on him!

As Dr. Pröll unfortunately cannot take part in our investiture ceremony on April 29th 2017 in Göttweig he has left over to us the following message:

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Message from the retired Governor Dr. Erwin Pröll

Dear Mr. President, Y.E. the Grandmaster!
Dear members and Knights of Honour!

At first glance you associate three things with „knighthood“: Middle Ages, an aristocratic horseman or even courtly culture. In short: Chivalry and knighthood sound old, dusty and not up-to-date. But if you look more in detail at these terms you consider that there is more behind them. Knighthood means a sort of social function, ideals and values. And all these things make knighthood to become more up-to-date and worth to bother with it.

The Lazarus Union has taken up the concept of knighthood and assigns the Knighthood of Honour to persons who are role models for others concerning daily life, personal going and with regard to their social involvement and their willingness to peace. For me it is a great honour that I will be taken up in the circle of the Knights of Honour.

Being the Governor for almost 25 years – a period in which I was creatively active in different areas in and for the Federal Country of Lower Austria – I always tried to be a role model.

For me acting together was always on top and so it is still today. Together we have been creatively active, we have given a good reputation to the Federal Country of Lower Austria, we have taken courageous decisions and we stood up for it.

For me being a member of the Knighthood of Honour of the Lazarus Union means to be a role model furthermore and to be aware of this. I will still hold and live the values of our society, valid since hundreds and thousands of years and which made our country great.

I am grateful for the assignment to be a Knight of Honour, it is a privilege and I will always appreciate and respect this privilege.

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Erwin Pröll
Retired Governor of Lower Austria

We are grateful to him!


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