On July 29 th , 2021, the Lord of Life and Death called home our confrère Klaus-Dieter Herbst GCLJ KMLJ SMLJ born on May 27 th , 1950, Chancellor of the Grand Bailiwick of Germany in the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem to the heavenly Jerusalem after a short severe illness.


Et cum Lazaro quondam paupere æternam habeas requiem.


Klaus-Dieter Herbst dedicated his life to the community of our Order. For more than 20 years he tirelessly served his Order as Insignia Keeper, as Treasurer, as Referendary and finally as Chancellor of the Grand Bailiwick of Germany. Warm-hearted and cheerful, he was close to the people – to those in need of our hospitaller help as well as to those whom he encouraged and inspired to provide this help. As a Protestant Christian, he passionately advocated the ecumenical path of the community of our Order. Living unity in diversity was what he understood as the objective and purpose of his work. With his great organisational skills, he played a decisive role in shaping the public image of our Order.


His commitment to Saint Lazarus was unconditional and exemplary, commendable and chivalrous.
He will be greatly missed.


We are under obligation to honour his memory and continue his work. Our prayers and thoughts are with his wife, our consœur Gabriele Herbst.


Prof. Dr. Ingo Reichard
Bailiff of the Grand Bailiwick of Germany

Clemens Stroetmann, State Secretary (Ret’d.)
Bailiff em. and Chairman of Lazarus e.V.

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