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Zanis Waldheims's summary biography
 
 
 
 
SUMMARY BIOGRAPHY OF
 ZANIS WALDHEIMS (1909-1993)
 by Yves JEANSON
 
  • Sept 19, 1909: Birth of the twin brothers Zanis (Žanis) and Alfred (Alfrēds) Waldheims (Valdheims), born in Jaunpils in the province of Zemgale in Latvia, sons of Ernest (Ernests) Waldheims, (1881-1935) whose parents were of Polish origin, and their mother of Latvian origin Pauline Kakstins (Paulīne Kakstiņš), (1879-1954). His father’s parents had a Polish name which ended by Sky. His father's parents died young, and his father Ernest was adopted by a German family bearing the name of Waldheims. During his military service in Germany, Ernest leaves and abandons his patron to live free. The family lived in the region of Sloka until 1914.
  • June, 1915: His father is mobilized by the army of the Czar Nicolas II as foot soldier during the war; the German army had invaded the Latvia’s territory.
  • August, 1915: During the war, the family takes refuge at their uncle's place who lives in St-Petersburg. They had fled the German army offensive launched on the city of Riga (Rīga).
  • February, 1916: Death in Findland, of Elmars (Elmārs) his youngest brother from the consequences of a bad pneumonia. In the flat where they lived, they had to break blocks of ice in the morning in order to boil water.
  • October, 1917: Desertion of his father from the Russian army which is in full dispersion. His father rejoins his family in St-Petersburg.
  • Spring, 1918: Return of the family in Riga, in the midst of a famine. His father must take refuge and hide in the forest, while his mother works in German canteens to feed the family. She has to walk long distances twice a day to go to her work.
  • November, 1918. Armistice. They leave the city of Riga to return to Sloka. His father smokes fish which he sells or exchanges for meat and vegetables from the farmers.
  • During the War of liberation of Latvia, his father returns to fight with Latvia's Nationalists, against the Germans, the White Russians and the Red Russians, who all want to seize Latvia. His father is taken a sprisonner in Jelgava His father contracts typhoid fever. They think he is dead.
  • 1919: While the father is at war, the family lives on a farm in Dobele, where Zanis, with his twin brother Alfred, work at the farm. Zanis is undisciplined.
  • Summer, 1923: Death of his twin brother Alfred at the age of 14 from the consequences of a concussion. Zanis remains the only child of the family. In primary school, at his age he is only in the third grade. Zanis draws portraits, which he excels at so well, that he is introduced to a renowned Latvian painter Karlis Ievins (Kārlis Ieviņš).
  • Summer, 1924: Death of his grandmother Anlyse (Anlīze) who played an important role to save Zanis from his childish rickets. At birth, Zanis is so small and weak, that he is put in a shoe box and in an oven which will serve as incubator to save his life.
  • 1925: Zanis spends part of his 5th school year, in a government subsidized boarding school. The food is so vile, that he returns to his home.
  • 1926: He begins his life in Riga, the capital of Latvia, as a labourer in the construction domain. He lives at one of his aunt’s place, and goes to school during the evenings, while learning to become a carpenter.
  • 1927: Zanis works in the construction domain as a carpenter. His parents join him in Riga, and he works with his father in the construction of bridges, where in an accident, Zanis nearly drowns. He continues to study in the evenings with the goal of finishing his secondary school.
  • 1932: Zanis completes his military service in Daugavpils. He is undisciplined. Excels at running.
  • ·May, 1933: Zanis finds a job at the Department of Waters and Forests for the Latvian government. They urge him to end his secondary school which he terminates in two years. Works as draftsman, surveyor and end up as a statistician. He will work there until October 1944 at which date he runs away from Latvia to go to Germany.
  • 1935: Death of his father Ernest (1881-1935).
  • 1936: Zanis enters at the University of Riga to study law.
  • June 1937: Marriage with Irene (Irēna) Migla, a nurse who saved his life from the consequences of an infection after an appendicitis removal.
  • April 1939: Birth of his daughter Valda. The couple enjoys Opera in Riga.
  • September, 1st 1939: Invasion of Poland by the German Army.
  • October 29, 1939: Invasion of Latvia by the Soviets.
  • June 1940: His uncle, who works for the Soviets, returns in Latvia for political affairs. He sees his sister Pauline (Paulīne), the mother of Zanis, and announces her the deportations of Latvian citizens to Siberia. Zanis as well as many other Latvians will see those trains of deportees to Siberia and will be thorn apart.
  • June 1941: The German Army attacks Latvia (operation Barbarossa). The attack aborts a Soviet deportation of Latvians towards Siberia’s Gulags.
  • March 1942: Birth of his son Uldis.
  • 1943: Complete occupation of Latvia by the German Army.
  • March 1944: Writes his last exams in Law Study at the University of Riga but cannot obtain his diploma due to the turnover of the political situation, and due to the marching of the Soviet army westward. He listens secretly to free radio. He is politically engaged against the Soviet-Union, and predicts the fall of the German Army and the future institution of a communist dictatorship in Latvia. His working colleagues in the department of forests -which for the majority are communists- intimidates him for his pro westerner political positions about democracy, freedom of expression and liberty. They nicknamed him Churchill.
  • October 1944: Flight of the family to the western part of Latvia. They leave for the town of Liepaja (Liepāja) due to the occupation of Riga by the Soviets. His mother is too ill to follow.
  • November to December 1944: He is forced to dig dug-outs for the German army in the region of Liepaja. Fellow countrymen by the hundreds, that had left in the morning, are declared missing or dead in the evening. Fate played in his favour one day on an occasion where he had to go and dig dug-outs. He was called out from the departing truck because of an error in the spelling of his family's name. Letter V was changed to W and the officer in charge wanted to clarify the situation, the truck left in the mean time leaving him behind. He receives his laisser-passer to go work as a forest worker in the Sudetes region in Czechoslovakia, a region that was annexed by the Nazis in 1938 (Deutch- Kralup).
  • January 1st 1945: The family boards a ship under control of the German army in Liepaja in direction of Pillau in East Prussia. The ship is struck by a storm of freezing rain, and risks sinking. All hands are on deck to clear the ice to prevent the ship from sinking.
  • January 3, 1945: With his laisser-passer, the family boards a train accompanied by other Latvian families, and heads for the city of Komato in the region of the Sudetes (Mountains of Czechoslovakia) where he works as a forest worker for the Germans Army. During the travel, at a train stop, he is urged by his wife to find drinking water for the children. He rushes out of the train, seeks for water in the surroundings, the train leaves and he must run to catch the leaving train.
  • February 1945: At Ialta Conference in Crimea Ukraine, "Western Allies", handed over to the Soviet-Union, countries of the Eastern Europe which where prior to this devolve, free, rich and democratic; amongst these countries his small country of Latvia in the Baltic. Huge deception transpires in his intellectual and social life. He fumes against the Westerners for this universal treason.
  • May 1945: Towards the end of the war, which is imminent, he flees the forced labour camp and takes refuge in Germany in the city of Karlsberg. He is armed with a revolver. He is arrested by a German army officer but since he speaks German and Latvian he is not searched and he is let go.
  • July 1945: The family finds refuge in the city of Bamberg Germany, in a camp under the control of the UNRRA – United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration – the organization of international solidarity created in 1943 to allow immediate help to nations having suffered from the war: repatriation of prisoners and transportation of convicts, distribution of foods, clothing, raw materials, etc. In 1947, this organization ended its activities.
  • November, 1945: Zanis is completely destroyed when he learns the constitution of the court of Nuremberg to judge the Nazis war criminals. He fully rebels against the fact that the allies American, British and French, admitted the Soviet-Union at the panel of judges to judge the Nazis. He considers the Soviets as the greatest criminals of all times. The millions of deaths, the scheduled famine in Ukraine, were enough for convincing whoever of their corrupt morality. For him, the communists had proved to the face of the world, the cruelty of their regime, and now they were among the members of the sample group of judges to judge other criminals. The Westerners betrayed in his eyes, fundamental values of justice and democracy; that it was real proof of alienation on behalf of the western political leaders of that time, and the intellectuals who let this happen. Due to this particular event, and his deceptive life experiences in general, he took a firm resolution to try to understand how those complete act of madness could of occurred from the occidental political leaders.
  • April, 1947: With a special permission from the American commander of the camp UNRRA in Bamberg, he travels to Hamburg Germany, to fetch his diploma from the University of Riga where the former dean of the law faculty was now working at the University of Hamburg. He acquires a countersigned document by the former secretary of the University of Riga, and the Chancellor of the University of Hamburg. This paper will be of no use, since he will never be able to practice law.
  • February 1948 to May 1949: Works for the Société des Aciéries de Longwy in Thionville France with a lifelong friend Janis Rosberg (Jānis Rosbergs). He temporarily leaves behind in Bamberg his wife and his two children. Hard labour for a salary of chill famine. The cost of living in France is very high. There is no possibility of renting a flat. He lives at 79, Route de Metz. Problems with his employer arise when they make trade-union excitement.
  • January, 1949: Separation from his first wife Irene Migla and two children.
  • May 1949 to September 1949: With his waiver of exchanging places of residence in pocket, he leaves the region of Thionville, to go to Paris with Janis Rosberg his long time friend, to find some work. They remain unemployed for four months. They live at, 114 rue du Chemin Vert, Paris 11ième. They spend all their thin savings. As a last resort and in full despair, they write to the delegate general of the International Organization for the Refugees (OIR) to settle their administrative situation and complain, as to the lack of help in assisting them to finding some work. They will be supported for four months by the French Alliance. While not at work, they spend their time studying French and visiting Paris.
  • June 1949: He meets Bernadette Pekss during a traditional Latvian holiday – the summer solstice (Jāņu diena). Bernadette works for a French family, as a seamstress and domestic. Bernadette's situation is similar to Zanis’s. She is a Latvian refugee from Ludza near Rezekne eastern part of Latvia (Latgale). Her family (Mother, oldest brother and priest Alexander, three sisters) fled the Soviet regime. Her father had died from a Soviet bomb that fell on his barn. Zanis and Bernadette will vaguely remember having seen each other in Liepaja in late 1944. Bernadette's husband, Janis Gorbunovs had been put into prison after the fall of Stalingrad while fighting for the German Army (SS Latvian). Gorbunovs at the end of his jail sentence in 1949-50 was not able to join his Bernadette in France because Soviet-Union was a prison of nations. Bernadette had no choice to stay in France as she did not want to go and live under the dictatorship of the communist regime. Gorbunovs was a talented professional artist painter before the war.
  • September 1949, to January 1950: Zanis works for the Société des Forges et Ateliers du Creuzot, as a manoeuvre thanks to Bernadette Pekss's patron who is an ex officer of the French aviation. He moves to 13, rue du Château in Neuilly in the suburb of Paris.
  • October, 1949: His first wife leaves with her two children for Grand Rapids, Michigan in the USA. She will work as a nurse.
  • January 1950: Zanis changes job. He works as trempeur-recuiseur at Reuil-Malmaison Partiots studios (annealing metal shop). Changes address again and moves to 42 Rue Joseph Maistre in 18th arrondissement in Paris. His long-time friend, Rosberg leaves for Canada and goes to Ottawa to stays a short period of time at his brother-in-law’s place Edgar Jaunzemis.
  • October 1951: Zanis receives, from the Cunard Steam Ship Company, a ticket for Canada, which was bought by Edgar Jaunzemis, the brother-in-law of Rosberg living and working in Ottawa. He hurries to fetch an official title of identity from the French authorities, to emigrate to Canada.
  • At the end of 1951: All of his belongings are stolen. Zanis suffers a huge deception.
  • January 1952: Takes de decision to write his diary in French. (See artefact 1952-1993) He will write in his diaries all about his intellectual life, struggles, joys, deceptions, Montreal's and Canada's culture and political life and critics.
  • February 9th, 1952: Zanis boards at Le Havre France, the passenger ship SS Scythia in the direction of Halifax Canada. He arrives on February 16th. Upon his arrival he is greeted with a huge snowstorm. He took the train for Montreal, then for Ottawa, and headed over to his friend's Rosberg place.
  • March 1952: Thanks to Jaonzemis, who is a machinist, he finds work in Ottawa as a metal polisher (Capital Metal Works). He is laid of a short time after because the employer realizes that Waldheims does not have the required qualifications.
  • April 1952: Waldheims and Rosberg abandons Ottawa, and travel to Montreal to find a job. They find a job at 0.85 cents an hour as manoeuvre in a transhipment company of loose goods. (Alexander Warehouse on Colborne Street). His work gives him a lot of spare time during work hours, so he can read during the day. He will work at Alexander Warehouse for ten consecutive years until he will decide to drop of the job and go after his ideas.
  • 1952: Begins systematically his long intellectual quest in his existential question from the disastrous conclusions of the Second World War. Reads all the major novelists (French, German and English authors). He is surprised that many great French novelists are not published in Canada.
  • May 1953: Bernadette Pekss, 43 year old, boards in Le Havre France, the Cunard passenger ship SS Samaria in the direction of Quebec City. Once arrived, she will take the train for Montreal. At her arrival, Zanis awaits her at the central train station. A great emotional moment for both. She will work through-out her life, as a seamstress at small wages, which will aggravate her asthma problems.
  • 1954: Death of Zanis's mother Pauline Kakstins (1886-1954).
  • 1956: He begins the elaboration of his ideas on geometrization inspired by Maine of Biran (the making of a map for intellectual orientation). He reads many many scientific authors in many domains such as cosmology Weyl-Minskowski (idea on the parameters of a relative world) and in philosophy among others E.Husserl (phenomenology) to quote only the main. He will draw four years later his first "systematic plan". Extensive reading of the scientific authors: Bergson, Beth, Piaget, Blanché, de Broglie, Cassirer, Chambal, Chauchard, Couturat, Goldstein, Guichard, Guillaume, Hartman, Heidegger, Heisenberg, James, Kant, Koehler, Lewin, Lupasco, Poincaré, Ruyer, Russell, Weizsaecker, etc. who will be of great use as the base for his futher intellectual genesis that will lead him towards geometrical abstraction.
  • 1953-1961: Works very hard in the daytime as a manoeuvre at the warehouse; works extremely hard in the evening at home in his research on geometrization, even though his back is broken by the hard work and pain. He will work with doggedness during his weekends and on his days off also. In 1956, he developed the first sketches. Numerous problems with his first wife in Grand Rapids Michigan that continually asks for money for her and her two children.
  • 1953-1961: Numerous correspondence with Latvian compatriots living in Paris (Ilmar Anckaitis and Nikolajs Parups).
  • 1960: He deploys the first "systematic plan" which will be the angular stone of his metaphysical "invention". He will elaborate some 10 years later, his theory of the “geometrization of the exhaustive thought”.
    · Note: The "systematic plan" will be more or less at that time, a square on which will be integrated a set of concepts taken out from different scientific sources with regards to the human nature. His domains of readings are sociology, psychology, pure sciences, mathematics, biology, anthropology, philosophy. The plan will include concepts of space and time; sensibility and intelligibility; matter and energy. The left, the right, the top, the bottom of his drawings, will all have their meanings. Other concepts are added: transformation; outside, inside; input and output; extension and intensity; middle term on which he will come to develop his main ideas on philosophy where he will step directly in formal logic to contest its inhumane way of treating mankind. (One or zero, Yes or no, right or wrong).
  • Between 1961-1972: Quits his job. He wants to dedicate himself full-time on his ideas on geometrization. Very difficult period of time for ten consecutive years. Only one income was being brought in by Bernadette who paid for everything:  food, rent, clothing, heating, books, colour crayons and paper, et cetera. Bernadette on top of her hard work suffered from the disapproval of her in-laws now living in Montreal (1955), and from her oldest brother Alexander who was a catholic priest. He condemned their illegitimate common life since 1953. In order not to rupture, in their moments of great despair and isolation whether social or intellectual, their union remained strong and nothing could disrupt their love for one another. Zanis’s only reward was his hard intellectual work, and the very small progress he made in his ideas, progress which gave him immense intellectual satisfaction, which also gave him the impression of being a pioneer in this adventure aiming at the rehabilitation of moral values. He wanted the world to be a better place, by inviting individuals to study his system of geometrical analysis and aesthetics, to direct people in becoming artists and philosophers themselves, and be more critical toward their programmed mind sets.
  • 1963: He terminates a paper which he entitles “The Description of the Plan of the Understanding”. This work is to be a detailed description of his thoughts in thirteen chapters and 243 geometrical figures. This paper includes a preface of four pages, and an explanatory text of 16 pages.
  • June 1963: He writes to the ambassador of France in Canada, of which a letter for Charles de Gaule, president of the French Republic. He wishes to seek the help of the French state to contact professor Paul Chauchard, whose work he appraises immensely. Professor Chauchard was during this period Director of Studies at the School of the High Studies in Paris.
  • November 5th, 1963: He writes to professor Paul Chauchard, and mentions the immense respect which he has towards his high scientific morality. He seeks his collaboration for his research. No answer. The end.
  • November 2nd, 1963: Marriage of Zanis and Bernadette in an Anglican Church in Montreal.· 1964: He writes a text "Exposition de mon projet”. He describes the purpose of his project of geometrical abstraction. Good text. Also includes his "Summary of my researches on the problem to build a geometrical system of understanding, psychology and epistemology” (17 pages). Included are also examples in 13 original drawings, one drawing per page with notes and descriptions.
  • June 1964: He seeks the Canadian Company of the World Fair of 1967, with the goal of proposing an exhibition project of his ideas and works. He thus begins a correspondence which will result in many frustrations, and of their refusal in April 1966, pleading that “…the time regrettably too short allows us no change in the scenario of our pavilions, and secondly, the public who will visit Expo 1967 is not specialized enough to appreciate these researches far too technical”.
  • November 1964: With his savings fading rapidly, he makes a demand for help at the Ministry of the Cultural affairs of Quebec, which replies denying his request in February 1965, insisting that they could not help him "for the moment". The end.
  • February, 1965: Seeks the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Montreal with the aim of receiving help. Brief correspondence which resulted in nothing. The end.
  • 1960 -1965: Produces a set of 70 drawings 660×600 mm. Number 51-122.
  • February 1966: Consults an office of brand mark in Montreal with the aim of patenting what is his invention. He is answered, that it is impossible to patent such intellectual inventions. That patent cannot apply, except in the mechanical or similar or chemical inventions. They suggest, all the same, to obtaining a copyright on the description of his creation at the sum of $75.00 for registration fees. NOTE: in the statement of his idea to the office of brand mark, he writes of an "art which looks for the harmony between the beautiful and the truth in knowledge, as well as for the understanding between the good and the fair”.
  • February 1966: Seeks the National Research Council of Canada. He sends the same letter as the one sent previously to the office of brand mark. He receives an answer, which suggests that he should try to discuss his ideas, with some members of the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Montreal.
  • Corresponds with his daughter Valda, who lives with her mother in the USA. She wants to promote the ideas of her father at the University of Michigan. No success.
  • March 1966: He writes to doctor Wilder Penfield, of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, to ask him for his views on his research work. Doctor Penfield replies amiably, that he cannot take charge of such work, because he has other professional commitments but he makes the effort to clarify in his letter: “Your very interesting manuscript has arrived and I have looked through it with admiration for the care and the study that you have shown, I unfortunately cannot give this work the attention it deserves”. This letter will comfort him enormously, and will give him the courage to continue in spite of its new disappointment.
  • March 1966: He writes to Doctor Donald O. Hebb, of the department of psychology at the University of McGill to solicit his point of view on his research work. Doctor Hebb answers is a refusal, as he is too engaged in other works, however he too is very encouraging by writing him: “I have read far enough to realize that this has a profoundly different approach from any current theory, which means that it will require close attention and take much time for its mastery and thus, I will be unable to study your work and the elaboration of the ideas inherent in your beautiful designs”. Another sign of encouragement, but still no assistance.
  • 1966: Quarrel with the The Arts Council of Canada, which he had sought out following an article which appeared in the La Presse newspaper, announcing subsidies to artists of any disciplines. Having sent all the documents of his theory and a set of drawings, also his curriculum vitae, they refused to help him. End.
  • 1966: He writes a text “Summary of the Principles of a Method”, a thirty pages document on geometrical abstraction. He also includes 10 original geometrical figures, and the name of the scientific authors and their works, which he mostly used to elaborate the principles of the geometrisation. Ex: Bergson, Blanché, Cassirer, Guichard, Hartmann, Heidegger, Heisenberg, Husserl, Jung, Kant, Ruyer, Russell, Whitehead, Ashby etc...
  • 1966: Produces a set of 12 drawings. 660×600 mm. Numbers 123 to 134.
  • 1967: Produces a set of 19 drawings. 660×600 mm. Numbers 135 to 154. Drawing number 142, “The Up Motion of Consciousness” is a turning point. This drawing was inspired by the palaeontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and the perception psychologist R.Arnheim in his book “A Psychology of Art”.
  • 1968: Produces a set of 44 drawings. 660×600 mm. Numbers 155 to 199.
  • 1969: Produces a set of 36 drawings. 660×600 mm. Numbers 200 to 236.
  • 1970: Immense year. He submits, on October 28th, 1970, at the Office of Copyright in Ottawa, a request for a copyright for his theory on geometrization. Recording number 66-217575 as a not published literary work. Masterful work composed of 229 pages divided in three sections. He develops in the first chapter, the ideas which composes his theory on geometrical abstraction; in the second chapter, he describes his approach to geometry and the differences from the Euclidian approach, and the third section is dedicated to illustrate in 314 geometrical figures, its abstract universe. This last section is also the last complete revision of its model which is developed from 282 figures to 314 figures. Also, numerous notes on the elaboration of the chapters, which composes its geometrization.
  • 1970: No art production.
  • 1971: Produces a set of 13 drawings. 660×600 mm. Drawings number 237 to 250.
  • 1972: With the help of a Latvian compatriot (Mister Khön), he finds a job as a mail man in a big construction company in Montreal (BG CHECO Engineering).
  • 1972: Contacts an American agency of patent, for its entitled invention “The Geometry System of Exhaustive Thinking”. No results.
  • 1972: Produces a set of 22 drawings. 660×600 mm. Drawings number 251 to 273.
  • March 1973: Fills a form with the intention of contacting a Quebec agency of patent, to solicit their interest into developing a "rather theoretical" invention. Several correspondences, with no continuation. End.
  • 1973: Produces one drawing. 660×600 mm. Drawings number 274.
  • July 1974: Meets Yves Jeanson (23 years old), who works for the same company, as an apprentice electrical designer for merchant marine and navy vessels.
  • 1974: Produces a set of 10 drawings. 660×600 mm. Drawings number 275 to 285.
  • 1975: Begins his first book of sketches. 145 pages included with notes.
  • 1975: Produces a set of 16 drawings. 660×600 mm. Drawings number 286 to 302.
  • February 1976: Under Yves Jeanson's initiative, he exhibits for the first time ever, 100 of his large size drawings at the municipal library in the city of Lachine. Jacques Beauchamp, the director of the library, writes in the local newspaper, Le Messager, “… the name of Waldheims maybe wants to say nothing for us, but who imports the name when the work speaks for itself... His geometry is similar to the “hard edge" style but still goes farther. The forms are more supple and more aesthetic... Waldheims has made a success in the happy association between the shape and the colour, in an unprecedented visual experience”. In this exhibition, the very first, one could see exposed 104 drawings The title of the exhibition was: “Exhibition of an Integral Art”, and on the title page of a small leaflet, he had redrawn the shape which he had entitled “The Up Motion of Consciousness” (Drawing number 142).
  • Autumn 1976: His employer forces Waldheims to retire from work.
  • 1976: Produces a set of 11 drawings. 660×600 mm. Drawings number 303 to 312.
  • 1977: Produces a set of 41 drawings. 660×600 mm. Drawings number 313 to 354.
  • 1978: Produces a set of 36 drawings. 660×600 mm. Drawings number 355 to 391.
  • 1979: Produces a set of 19 drawings. 660×600 mm. Drawings number 392 to 411.
  • 1980: Begins his second book of sketches. 113 pages, including notes.
  • 1980: Produces a set of 32 drawings. 660×600 mm. Drawings number 412 to 444.
  • November 1981: Under Yves Jeanson's initiative, he exhibits his works in an elementary school in Mont St-Hilaire, Québec, Canada. An exhibition which was prepared for the children of an elementary school, in association with a teacher. Great success and curiosity by the pupils. Drawings and sculptures were exhibited.
  • 1981: Produces a set of 33 drawings. 660×600 mm. Drawings number 445 to 478.
    · September 1982: Exhibits his works and some of his miniature sculptures at the College Jean de Bréboeuf in Montreal, Canada.
  • 1982: Produces a set of 28 drawings. 660×600 mm. Drawings number 479 to 507.
  • 1983: Begins his third book of sketches. 119 pages including notes.
  • 1983: Produces a set of 42 drawings. 660×600 mm. Drawings number 508 to 550.
  • 1984: Produces a set of 42 drawings. 660×600mm. Drawings number 551 to 593. Writes for the members of the University of Old Age, of which he is a member, a small interesting work on Wilhem Ostwald, a Latvian ex-fellow countryman, and Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry in 1909, to demonstrate that at any age it is possible to realize great projects. The paper is about colour.
  • September 1985: Begins with Yves Jeanson, a baccalaureate program in philosophy at the Université du Quebec in Montreal.
  • September 1985: Learns the death of his first wife Irene Migla.
  • 1985: Produces a set of 24 drawings. 660×600 mm. Drawings number 594 to 618.
  • 1986: Produces his last set of 5 drawings. 660×600 mm. Drawings number 619 to 623. Leaves for Europe to visit his godchild who lives in Western Germany. Also travels to England to visit his cousin Lilly.
  • 1987: Prepares a 50 page paper, where he sorts out his concepts to generalize them even more. A section prepared with an introduction expressing what is the geometrical unity of senses; carries on in a set of four drawings to illustrate the decomposition of the Euclidian square into a round square, (idea taken from the phenomenology of Husserl); gives an explanation in 23 particular figures how to understand his geometrical abstraction. He will introduce a new approach by illustrating certain concepts in the form of Cartesian geometry.
  • September 1988: He gets his baccalaureate in philosophy from the Université du Quebec in Montreal. His results are: 7 A’s, 15 B’s, 6 C’s, 1 D and 2 E’s.
  • 1990: Writes a small paper, where he explains the main history behind his artistic and philosophic method. Excellent poignant text, he also includes the most significant sentences that impressed him: Maine of Biran, Goethe, René Huyghe, Benda, Leonard de Vinci, Moles, Husserl, Whitehead, Read, D.Donis, Broglie, Brion, Poincaré, Piaget, Vasarely and gives a rather exhaustive bibliography of the main authors whom he read
  • Spring 1991. Under Yves Jeanson's instigation, he begins to rewrite his entire thesis of the geometrization of the exhaustive thought. He will work in association with Yves Jeanson, who will correct his texts to have a better comprehensibility. His final thesis makes twelve chapters, for a total of about 450 pages including various drawings.
  • May 1992: Under Yves Jeanson's initiative, Zanis participates at an art exhibition at the Maison de la Culture Frontenac in Montreal. Title: Art Brut organized by Mrs. Pascale Galipeau, conservator and ethnologist. He gives a conference on his art and his ideas.
  • July 1992: The Second phase of the exhibition “Art Brut” is held at the Lachine Museum. Exhibition of original drawings and Styrofoam mini-sculptures also Yves Jeanson’s 3D steel balls sculpture of collection drawing # 142.
  • March 13th, 1993: Catholic marriage of Zanis and Bernadette in the church of St Louis de France, Montreal Canada. First signs of cancer which will bring him to his death.
  • July 19th, 1993: Death of Zanis Waldheims. He is buried in the cemetery of the Côte des Neiges in Montreal. Land registry number L341.
  • June 23rd, 2002: Death of Bernadette Pekks at the age of 91 years old.
  • January 1st, 2009. Christopher Valdheims. 32 years old, law student at UCLA in California, discovers by chance on the WEB, the story of his grandfather Zanis Waldheims. During a search for his roots on the web, he modifies letter V of  his last name, for letter W, and fell on Yves Jeanson’s promotional site on his grandfather Zanis. Christopher Valdheims, Valda Valdheims’s son was adopted by the Tobin family while he was young. His name will be changed for Jonathan Tobin.
  • June 2009. First visit of Jonathan Tobin in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • August 2012, Second visit of Jonathan Tobin (now a California Lawyer) in Montreal.

 

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Revised in April 2013, by Yves Jeanson, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Web site: www.waldheims.net  Email: yves.jeanson@videotron.ca