Thursday, January 19, 2017

Who is Andreas Rill? What Have I Dug Up?

Andreas Rill, born October 5, 1880 in Weil Landsberg Bayern (Bavaria).

Fought in WWI in the Landwehr-Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 12 (Neuburg/Donau).

Survived WWI and WWII, as telephone directory listings from the 50s and 60s have been found.   No death certificate found, but telephone listings were for Landsberg, Germany.  Appears that he remained in the same city that he was born in.

Freemason Lodge in Colmar, Alsace, France.

According to the article "Masonry & The Statue of Liberty", Frederic Auguste Bartholdi was an artist who was associated with the Freemason Lodge in Colmar and he designed the Statue of Liberty.

I'm not 100% sure on this, but I am leaning towards ties to Grand Orient de France.  There are a few different types of freemasons cloistered in the same area.

Capuchin Monastery at Sigolsheim, Alsace, France

Currently there is no Capuchin Monastery in Sigolsheim.  The closest Capuchin Monastery is in Luzern, Switzerland, 108 miles away.

Capuchin Website:

There is the Church of St.Peter and St.Paul in Sigolsheim.  It's been a national landmark since 1841.  Possible former Capuchin Monastery?  Still checking on this.
Church of St.Peter and St.Paul

Another Faked Death?

Frater Laicus Tertiarius translates to "Tertiary Lay Brother".  This was the "name" given to Rill, but it is not a name.  It is a position.  A "lay brother" is a brother to the church, but is not ordained as a cleric (like a priest or a seminarian).

The man Rill talked to in 1914 was reported to have died in 1917, one year before Rill made an attempt to make contact with him.

1 comment:

  1. Here is Hans Bender's article.

    He is known to have been fooled by fakers (see Spuk in Rosenheim).
    Also, the things he writes about the technical analysis of the letters translate to "To answer the question whether the letter was made in the mentioned time [1914] was not possible. But there also were no indications of forgery".
    Which isn't a very hard proof for authenticity.
    My thoughts are that a lot of the things written in those letters wouldn't have gotten through censorship in WWI (Germany losing WWI, the monarchy stops to exist).

    The monastery ( is now a monastery of Classises (