On the June 21, 2013, we celebrated the 99th anniversary of Bertha von Suttner’s death. As part of our Centennial celebrations we are honored to begin the first of several posts comprising a ‘digital unveiling’ of the beautiful bust of Bertha von Suttner lovingly sculpted by Ingrid Rollema (pictured). Commissioned by the Carnegie Foundation for the Centenary of the Peace Palace as a gift to The Hague Muncipality, Ms Rollema’s creation will be placed in a public place - The Hague City Hall. The placement of Bertha von Suttner’s bust in a public place is a significant achievement that will help ward off the demon of forgetfulness that begets the suffering of humanity. This public educational object will help to restore the memory of Bertha von Suttner and the ‘Peace through Law’ movement of which she was an integral part. On this occasion, let us remember Bertha von Suttner’s words about the ease with which we forget and the importance of public memory and the relationship of public property thereto:
‘ thought which are regarded as new have been conceived many years back … how they are swallowed up in forgetfulness, no matter how eloquently they may have been spoken. Ever again and ever again they have to emerge, like something new, surprising people, until at last they become common property’.
As we move closer to the Centenary of August 28th, 2013, the images of this bust will become clearer. Hail to the future!