Luxembourg new stamp issues in March 2017

POST Luxembourg issues new stamps on March 7.

 Traditionally POST Luxembourg issues a series of 3 stamps dedicated to persons from Luxembourg that have achieved great things during their lifetime. Jean Jules Linden was a famous explorer and botanist. Pierre Frieden a politician and writer and Tony Bourg worked relentlessly on bringing literature into peoples life. In Luxembourg he was a Superstar: Josy Barthel, the winner of the first and up until now only Gold medal at Olympic summer games 1952. After his great achievement he entered politics and was very much engaged in modernizing sport in Luxembourg. In the commemorative series  the Private school “ Fieldgen” is honored for 125 years of existence, the Fifty-One International Club celebrates its 51 anniversary and the Luxembourg Alzheimer Association can look back at 30 years of experience in the field of support of dementia sufferers. A very special souvenir sheet is dedicated to the 100 years of the Miracle of Fatima in Portugal. Luxembourg, which is home for tenth of thousands of immigrants from Portugal, issues this souvenir sheet in a joint issue together with Portugal, Poland and Slovakia.

“Personalities 2017”

Jean Jules Linden, 200th anniversary of his birth

Jean Jules Linden was a botanist of mixed Luxembourg and Belgian nationality. He is seen as one of the “fathers” of orchid research.Jean Linden studied in Brussels and at the age of 19 was sent by the Belgian government on an expedition to Central and South America. At times he travelled with the famous researcher Alexander von Humboldt. During his three trips, lasting around ten years in total, he sent a whole series of hitherto unknown plants back to Europe. When he came to the end of his travels (1845), he initially returned to Luxembourg. In 1851 he made his way to Brussels, where he founded the horticultural society “L’Horticole Coloniale”. In Ghent and Brussels he built greenhouses to cultivate and grow the particularly sensitive tropical varieties.

His orchid collection became world famous. Other achievements including setting, up the noted collection, of Jean- Pierre Pescatore at his chateau in La Celle- Saint-Cloud. He sold orchids throughout Europe, including to the court of the Russian tsar. One orchid variety still bears his name today: Lindensis. From 1851 to 1861 he was Director of the zoological and botanical gardens in Brussels known as “Parc Léopold”. The famous “Promenade des Anglais” in Nice was laid out using palms cultivated by Linden.

Pierre Frieden, 125th anniversary of his birth

Pierre Frieden was a Luxembourg Christian- Social politician and author. Between 1912 and 1916 Frieden studied philosophy and literature in Luxembourg, Fribourg in Üechtland, Zurich, Geneva and Munich. In 1919 he became a teacher at the Diekirch High School, later at the “Athenée” and then the “Cours Supérieurs” in Luxembourg. In 1929 he was appointed to run the National Library. After the war he resumed this post and continued as Director of the National Library until 1959. 

Between 18 September and 4 November 1942 he was imprisoned in the concentration camp of Hinzert. Working in both German and French, Pierre Frieden tackled the issues of war and peace, Europe as a cultural and historical concept and humanism as the foundation of education, and wrote literary and philosophical-historical papers. Following the liberation of Luxembourg in 1944, Frieden joined the cabinet of Prime Minister Pierre Dupong as Minister of Education, Culture and Science. In 1951 he also took over the Ministry of the Interior from Eugène Schaus. After the death of Dupong in December 1953 he continued to hold these posts in the cabinet of Dupong’s successor, Joseph Bech. In 1958, following the resignation of Bech, Frieden was elected Prime Minister of Luxembourg. He died after just one year in office, at the age of 66.

Tony Bourg, 25th anniversary of his death

Tony Bourg was a literary scholar and lecturer. He chose Romance studies and classical philology at the “Cours Supérieurs” in Luxembourg and at the universities of Paris and Grenoble. From 1939 he taught French and Latin at Echternacher High School. He and his wife underwent forced displacement through the years 1941 to 1945. After the war Tony Bourg taught at the “Lycée de garçons” in Luxembourg. Between 1955 and 1968 he taught French literature in the Faculty of Law at the “Cours Supérieurs”, and from 1969 to 1975 French literature in the Romance department of the “Centre universitaire” in Luxembourg.

Tony Bourg initially wrote cultural chronicles before specialising in the analysis of foreign authors, primarily French authors such as Albert Camus. However, Tony Bourg’s main interest lay in the connections of French-speaking intellectuals and authors with Luxembourg. In 1971, to mark the centenary of the visit of Victor Hugo to Vianden, he proposed and organized the complete renovation of the “Maison de Victor Hugo” in the town, establishing the “Musée littéraire Victor Hugo”. In the 1960s he gave literary lectures in the Luxembourg language for Radio Luxembourg and published his memoirs.

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Josy Barthel, 25th anniversary of his death

Joseph “Josy” Barthel was a Luxembourg track and field athlete, Olympic champion and politician. Seen as an outsider, his final sprint to victory in the 1,500-m race at the 15th Olympic Games in Helsinki in 1952 is still considered a special moment in Luxembourg’s sporting history. After coming ninth in the London Olympics of 1948, he was able to add this crowning glory to his career in Finland. 

Barthel was the second Luxembourg national to win an Olympic gold medal. In 1962 he became President of the Luxembourg Athletics Union and from 1973 to 1977 he was also President of the Olympic Committee of Luxembourg. He was a member of the government of Luxembourg too: From 1977 to 1979 he served as Minister for Transport, Energy, Tourism and Environment, and from 1979 to 1984 as Minister for Transport, Energy, Environment, Information Technology and Communications. The modernization and restructuring of sport in Luxembourg was an issue that was close to his heart, and he played a major role in working towards this goal.

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Commemorative series

Celebrating 125 Years of the “École Privée Fieldgen”

The “École Privée Fieldgen”, a Girls Boarding School, is an establishment that was founded by the Sisters of the Christian Doctrine in 1891. It is now celebrating its 125th anniversary.

The school’s education guidelines are set out in its Educational Plan. It has an educational charter that is held dear by the members of the academic community. Today, the school is a modern and committed classic and technical high school that is oriented towards the future. It teaches official programmes and prepares students for State exams. Numerous education and extracurricular services are offered to its students. A dormitory with 90 beds complements the school’s academic offerings.

To celebrate its anniversary, the “École privée Fieldgen “ launched a stamp. Five students between the ages of 13 and 16 drew one of the stamp’s characters showing the evolution of a student from her admission to her successful graduation and future career options. An image of the school building in the background completes the drawing.

Celebrating 51 Years of Fifty-One International

On 21 October 1966, the founders of the Fifty-One International club created a service club whose goal has been to promote friendship, respect and tolerance, to organize meetings to foster and develop understanding and to sponsor and direct recreational activities.

The movement’s philosophy considers human existence not as something that is rigid and forever fixed, but as a project for continuous and dynamic development towards a clearly defined goal. We live in a turbulent world, a world of social polarization and constant demands that, for want of negotiation, too often erupt in conflict. In the spirit of our movement, we want to advocate a world of freedom, friendship and tolerance, a society where respect for others is guaranteed. Our movement is made up of men and women who want humans to enrich each other as part of candid friendship and to promote the highest moral values: the desire to help the young and the disadvantaged. In order to visualize the enthusiasm of the movement, a formula was adopted from which the organization also gets its name:

• the average age of a club’s members cannot exceed 51,

• the number of club members is limited to 51.

Celebrating 30 Years of the ultilaterale » – Noël “Association Luxembourg Alzheimer”

The “Association Luxembourg Alzheimer” (ala) is a help and care network specializing in the support of dementia sufferers with an operating experience of 30 years.

Since being founded in 1987, ala has worked at national and international level to address the concerns of dementia sufferers and their families. Thanks to its various services and structures (six day centres, one residential and care home) ala is able to offer global care to dementia sufferers in an environment suited to their illness. ala also provides sufferers and their families with information, advice and support.

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Mini-sheet (addition to the 2017 program) 

100 years of the Miracle of Fatima

2017 marks the centenary of an event that is directly related to one of the greatest religious traditions in Luxembourg: In the Portuguese village of Fatima “Our Lady of Fatima” appeared to three children.

Each year on Ascension Day in Luxembourg, almost 20,000 pilgrims, most of them from the Portuguese community, make their way to Wiltz in the north of the country. Here, in 1951 a monument was erected in honor of “Our Lady of Fatima”. The idea was conceived in the early 1940s. During the Battle of the Bulge in the Second World War, ten parishioners made a solemn promise in the cellar of the vicarage in Wiltz to erect a shrine.

In 1946 after the end of the war, the faithful in Wiltz welcomed the original statue from Fatima at a site called “op Bässent” that would later house the monument. 1951 saw the start of the planning and implementation of the project. The first official pilgrimage to “Our Lady of Fatima” took place in 1968. The partnership with the shrine of Fatima was formally celebrated in 1973. The mini-sheet is a joint issue with Portugal, Poland and Slovakia. 

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