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Oral history interview with Frère Denis (Jean-Daniel Aubert)

Oral History | Accession Number: 2018.496.5 | RG Number: RG-90.016.0005

Frère Denis (Jean-Daniel Aubert) recalls his arrival in Taizé at the end of the 1950s; the Roman Catholic Church, which was largely empty on Easter; the arrival beginning in the 1960s of a German group with several young people; the Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste (or the Action Reconciliation Service for Peace) which seeks to promote acts of reconciliation in countries formerly occupied by the Nazis; the arrival of the group in Taizé, to find Frère Roger initially uninterested; his thesis for his architectural degree to build a large pilgrimage church on Taizé property; Frère Roger’s hesitancy, the German group’s enthusiasm, the decision by Frère Roger to direct Frère Denis to reconfigure his project for a considerably smaller church; Frère Roger’s instructions to site the church at the far end of the property, noting few pilgrims would visit; and the moment when the scaffolding was removed, and Frère Roger saw the inside of the church, responding with great emotion.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Frère Denis
Frère Emile
interview:  2009 August
1 digital file : MOV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Communauté de Taizé
Record last modified: 2023-06-08 14:44:59
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