Aline Mayrisch-de Saint-Hubert
125th anniversary of the birth of Aline MAYRISCH-de SAINT-HUBERT
Aline Mayrisch-de Saint-Hubert was born in Luxembourg on 22nd August 1874. The daughter of an industrialist in the timber business, she married the young engineer Emile Mayrisch in 1894 who, in 1911, was one of the main workers involved in setting up the ARBED of which he became the first general technical director. In 1926 he organised the first international steel agreement, bringing together the iron and steel industries of France, Germany, Belgium, the Saar and Luxembourg.
A passionate lover of art and literature, admirer of Rilke and friend of André Gide, Aline Mayrisch turned the Château de Colpach into a literary salon and meeting place for artists (Théo van Rysselberghe, Charles Despiau, etc.), writers (André Gide, Jacques Rivière, Paul Claudel, Jules Romains, Alexis Curvers, Annette Kolb, Louise Weiss, etc.), philosophers (Bernard Groethuysen, Paul Desjardins, Hermann von Keyserling, Karl Jaspers, etc.) and politicians (Walter Rathenau, Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi, Wladimir d’Ormesson, etc.).
She bequeathed the château and most of her wealth to the Luxembourg Red Cross, of which she was Vice-President from 1928 and President from 1933. Aline Mayrisch died on 20th January 1947. In the same year, the château became home to the ‘Emile Mayrisch Foundation’ and has been used as a convalescent home by the Red Cross since 1949.
|Face value:||20 LUF|
|Design and engraving:||Pierre Schopfer, La Chaux, Switzerland;|
|Printing process:||engraving and offset combined by the printers of LA POSTE, Bern,Switzerland; 4 colours; Fluorescent paper;|
|Format:||33 x 28 mm; 50 stamps per sheet|