Hier finden sich Gebetstage, Ereignisse, Veranstaltungen, die uns geprägt haben
Here you'll find days of prayer or events that have had an impact on us
In June 2019 MHOP joined an international prayer initiative with the goal to pray for forgotten spiritual wells in Europe: former places of great blessing, of education, evangelization, translations of Scripture... in the way Isaac reopened the wells his father Abraham had built, we reached out to God He may let the Spirit flow forth from these ancient places again.
Finally we found ourselves praying together with 110 different initiatives all over Europe and looking back we see the impact it made.
We at MHOP decided to choose specifically a monastery in Vienna which, founded by the Celtic mission, played a significant role in Christian education from the 12th century on - the Anabaptist movement in its radical way of following Jesus despite hard persecution - and Austria's responsibility for the State of Israel because of the inheritance of Theodor Herzl, whose Christian friend in Vienna helped a Jewish nation get birthed.
On Holy Thursday of 1945 when People came out of church, they met a group of weak and starved Hungarian Jews driven by the Nazis from their "working place" - in building a rampart in a part of Bratislava, Slovakia, against the approaching Red Army - upstream the Danube river to a place near Hainburg in Austria, where they were to enter a ship that brought them to Mauthausen camp, a distance of 50 kms. They died of exhaustion, they starved, they broke down and were shot along the way; the streets were lined with corpses. The remaining survivors must have reached Mauthausen death camp at about Easter Sunday. Hardly anyone along the way helped.
They were Hungarian Jews from a Slovakian forced labor camp with mostly Austrian guards. So MHOP joined a group of TJCII intercessors from Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, some of Jewish background, some descendants of the perpetrators, to ask he Lord and each other for forgiveness and set our countries free from the curse of this blood, crying to the heavens.
At the end of the day heavens were open; a group of Roma-kids had come curiously to see what we were doing. At the beginning they mocked us and imitated our prayers; then they started to dance with our flags; then they started to bless us. And in the end a girl - her name was Sophia, wisdom - pointed to the blue sky, crying "Kriz, kriz!" - two planes flying in different directions had drawn a huge white cross into the skies high above Bratislava.
Maly Trostinec is not a well known place. Today it is a part of the Belarus capital MInsk. Yet it has a deep and dark connection to Vienna. From November 1941 to October 1942 10 trains left Vienna for Maly Trostinec; aboard were each time relatively exact 1000 people: Austrian Jews. Maly Trostinec had a ravine in the woods and there ther trains would stop The people would be shot on arrival and hastily buried.
The Austrian artist Waltraud Barton
lost her aunt in one of these deadly journeys. She works for a memorial site in M.T. She also organized a "March for the Thousand" where MHOP took part: From the school in Zirkusgasse in the 2nd district, which served as a detention camp during the Nazi era, we went 10 times in silence to the Holocaust Memorial on Judenplatz to read each time the names of the thousand men, women, children, babies who were killed that very day. 75 years ago. We we went and read on November 28 in 2016 and in 2017 on May 6, 20 and 27, on June 2 and 9, on August 13 and 31, on September 14 and October 5. It took approximately three hours each time to read only name and age of the 1000 people stuffed into only one train.
An even bigger amount of people had been transported into death as early as 1939. All in all 47 035 of whom only 1073 survived.