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Dr. Florian Krug (d. 1924)

July 15, 1912
Dr. Florian Krug (d. 1924)
Home of Dr. and Mrs. Florian Krug New York, NY

Abdu’l-Bahá spoke at the Krug residence on 15 July & 3 Dec 1912.

Dr. Krug was on pilgrimage in the Holy Land in late November 1921 when ‘Abdu’l-Bahá ascended. Here’s a brief statement of that night by his wife Grace (d. 1939): “We retired as usual, but Dr. Krug had a premonition that he would be called to the Master’s bedside before morning. About one fifteen o’clock we were awakened by screams from the Master’s house, “Come Dr. Krug, the Master, the Master! ” Like a flash, the Doctor was up, dressed, out of the room and across the garden into the house. You see, friends, had we not occupied ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s room over the garage, Dr. Krug could not have reached the Master so quickly. I stood absolutely petrified with fear. Finally I was able to slip a one piece dress over my night robe and rushed after the Doctor. Friends, how can I describe that scene in the Master’s bedroom! Dr. Krug stood in the center, his hand raised, saying: “Silence, our Beloved Master has ascended.” I ran to His bedside and there He lay in the majesty of death. His lovely eyes were still open, but the light of love and understanding that had for so many years cheered the souls of men was gone! My, first thought was, my Adored One is freed from our endless questions, freed from His life of servitude and headaches. I turned and knelt at the feet of His sister, the Greatest Holy Leaf, put my head in her lap and in that agonized moment, she stroked my head and tried to comfort me. Friends, not one thought of herself! God has never created a more glorious woman than she!” —”Accounts of the Passing of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá” by Florian & Grace Krug, World Order Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 38-41. Dr. Krug is also remembered for his photographs of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s funeral. -Ed.