The Guardian of Knowledge
A teacher by vocation, master of research, Sesto’s memory
In Sesto, yawning gaps in knowledge are traditionally filled in by “Lehra Rudl” (Teacher Rudl). Particularly those that are historic in nature. And those that in some way or another have to do with Sesto, its mountains, people or idiosyncrasies. With professional circumspection, he tackles the problem and always finds the right filling. A filling that fits and is watertight. And he manages it all without any help from smartphone apps and the like. It’s all stored in his memory. Even though he has long been retired, among Sesto’s natives he is and always will be Rudolf Holzer, “the teacher”. The village’s database personified. For this 80-plus year-old, passing on knowledge is more than just a profession, it is his calling. His passion and personal hobby horse. Those in Sesto who did not learn to write and do their times tables with him know him in his role as village chronicler or as the voluntary caretaker of the exhibition on the First World War in the old school. Or maybe as the spry man with a cloth bag who walks briskly between Sesto and Moso. Or as the author of a series of very interesting books and publications. Intensive research, the powers of deduction of a detective and just the right amount of curiosity must have been needed to trace back the history of the inhabitants of every single house in Sesto to the early 18th century and document it in detail. This is where you can check who did what with whom, when and where. When whose child was born and died. And one thing’s for sure: Anyone who makes a pilgrimage to “Lehra Rudl” with a question and a bit of time will discover hidden marvels!