Arrival and Reception of the Huguenots in Germany

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Reception of the Huguenots by the Great Elector on the Reformation Monument in Geneva

 

(10 of 12) Reception of the Huguenots by the Great Elector on the Reformation Monument in Geneva
Bas-relief by the sculptors Henri Bouchard and Paul Landowsky, Paris, after sketches by the Lausanne architects Monod, Laverrière, Taillens and Dubois.

The 100-metre long Wall of the Reformation, begun in 1909 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Reformation was inaugurated in 1917 and depicts 10 statues of the Reformers and other figures who promoted the Protestant cause.

One of them is the Great Elector, Frederick William of Brandenburg. A bas-relief on his right shows him welcoming the Huguenot refugees. They are coming towards him and his household from the right. The Rev. Francois Gaultier of Berlin is presenting them to the sovereign.

A quotation in French and German on both sides of the relief is the reply given by the Great Elector to the remark made by the Commissioner for the Refugees, Joachim Ernst von Grumbkow, that the state coffers were empty: "Before these poor people go without assistance, I will sell my silver tableware". Above the relief, words from the Edict of Potsdam have been carved into the stone.

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