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Family wants to have the pastor's grave restored

2021-10-11T08:49:47.469Z

For twelve years, the relatives regularly visited the grave of the former pastor of St. Bernhard. Then suddenly it was leveled. How this came about is still not entirely clear. But now Herbert Ziegenaus' family is trying to restore it.



For twelve years, the relatives regularly visited the grave of the former pastor of St. Bernhard.

Then suddenly it was leveled.

How this came about is still not entirely clear.

But now Herbert Ziegenaus' family is trying to restore it.

Fürstenfeldbruck - Herbert Ziegenau was pastor in the Bruck parish of St. Bernhard for 17 years. In 2009 he was buried in his home community of Kleinberghofen (district of Dachau). In the summer, the family learned that the grave site had been leveled. The forged grave cross, which the clergyman had chosen while he was still alive, was sawn off, the grave enclosure and the plants removed.

The grave had not only been visited regularly by the family, but also by many people from other places where Ziegenaus had worked.

He was deeply rooted in the region.

Born on May 14, 1934 as the son of a carpenter in Kleinberghofen, he later attended high school in St. Ottilien.

In Munich he studied theology with Joseph Ratzinger, among others, before he was ordained a priest in Freising in 1961.

After positions in Palling in the dean's office in Titmoning, Grafing, Thalkirchen and Haag near Wasserburg, he became pastor in St. Bernhard in 1987 until his retirement in 2004.

During this time he also lived in Fürstenfeldbruck in the rectory of the then still independent parish.

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Herbert Ziegenaus died in 2009.

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When Martin Ziegenaus (88), the brother of the long-time pastor of St. Bernhard, and his wife Josefine (85) found that the grave was gone, they were horrified. They wanted to know how this could come about and where the cross has gone. "The investigations are running," says Friedrich Deschauer. The chronicler and archivist of St. Bernhard is in contact with the Ziegenau family. The Archbishop's Ordinariate of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising is also involved. The family did not want to say anything about the status of the research.

It is clear that the grave site belongs to a relative who does not live in the region.

If the costs for the resting place were the reason that the grave site was flattened, then nephew Martin Ziegenaus junior (58) had already announced to our newspaper that he wanted to take over the grave immediately.

Above all, the family wants to restore it to its original state - "as soon as the matter is cleared up," as Deschauer reports.

The problem: This would also require the grave cross, but it has still disappeared.

The family now hopes that the valuable item will not be sold somewhere on the Internet, but will find its way back to them.

Then it could stand on the grave again, where the body of the former pastor of St. Bernhard still has its final resting place.

Source: merkur

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