Bertha von Suttner (1843-1914)

  • Nieuwe vertaling van Bertha von Suttners meesterwerk ‘Die Waffen nieder!

    September 26, 2019

    De Carnegie-Stichting Vredespaleis en uitgeverij Orlando presenteerden op 21 september 2019, de Internationale Dag van de Vrede, de nieuwe vertaling van Bertha von Suttners meesterwerk ‘Die Waffen nieder!’. Het boek werd honderd jaar geleden voor het laatst in het Nederlands uitgegeven en was toen direct uitverkocht. Dit manifest tegen de oorlog is nog steeds actueel […]

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  • Forward Into Memory: Untold Stories of Peace through Law from Pyonyang to Versailles

    June 18, 2019

    In her final novel, “When Thoughts Will Soar” (Der Menschheit Hochgedanken), Nobel laureate and 19th century peace activist Bertha von Suttner writes of the power of specific ideas and stories to traverse time and space, to soar from one culture and era to another, and provide the “motive power” for the work of human uplift. However, fragmentation […]

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    ‘Lay Down Your Arms!’ in Every Bookcase

    July 17, 2018

    Everyone knows: without Bertha von Suttner the would be no Peace Palace. Her world famous book Lay Down Your Arms! has been instrumental in the creation of the PCA, the establishment of the Peace Palace and the peace movement. It has therefore been a foundation for the message of peace that the Peace Palace still carries out every day. Her work however is not widely read (in Dutch). The Dutch translation of Lay Down Your Arms! Dates back to 1925 and has become virtually unreadable. For that reason, the Peace Palace Library wishes to publish a modern rephrasing of Lay Down Your Arms! in honour of Bertha von Suttner’s 175th birthday.
    Could Trump and Kim agree to a Peace Treaty ending the Korean War?

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  • Book Launch: ‘The Barbarization of the Sky’ (1912) in English

    June 27, 2017

    July 4, 2017, 17:00 pm. Historic Reading Room. First complete English translation of Bertha von Suttner’s ‘Die Barbarisierung der Luft’. Please, register at

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  • Raising the Peace Flag

    June 20, 2017

    On Wednesday, 21 June 2017 at 1:30 pm, the Pro Concordia Labor Flag will be raised at the Visitor’s Centre of the Peace Palace to commemorate the 103rd anniversary of the death of Bertha von Suttner (1843-1914). To attend this event registration is required. Please register by sending an email to

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  • Just Peace Festival: Peace Palace Library – In the Footsteps of …

    September 23, 2016

    Visit the Library during The Hague Open Doors Day 2016 and meet four historical figures who have provided an important contribution to the Library and international law.
    Just Peace Festival: Peace Palace Library - In the Footsteps of …

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  • Pro Concordia Labor

    June 17, 2016

    The purple, yellow and white Pro Concordia Labor flag was raised on Wednesday, the 9th of June, at the visitors centre of the Peace Palace. This peace flag is raised once a year at several locations in the world to remember peace activists from the past and to stress the important work of peace activists today.
    Pro Concordia Labor

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  • Bertha von Suttner Master Class and Commemorative Lecture, 14-16 June 2016

    June 3, 2016

    Please register and join us for the third annual Bertha von Suttner Commemoration Week!  Bertha Von Suttner Master Class and Commemorative Lecture, 14-16 June 2016

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  • Forward Into Light: Bertha von Suttner Master Class 2015

    July 3, 2015

    The Forward Into Light: 2015 Bertha von Suttner Master Class was held in the Japanese Room of the Peace Palace from June 16th to 18th. It included a public lecture on June 16th in the Great Hall of Justice. The second annual Master Class was a part of the Bertha von Suttner commemorative week to honor her life, to learn from her legacy, and to consider how her philosophy has shaped the development of international law. The Master Class was a collaborative effort amongst the Bertha von Suttner Project, the Peace Palace Library, the Carnegie Foundation of the Netherlands and Central Michigan University.

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  • Interview Professor Mineke Bosch on Dr. Aletta Jacobs

    Interview Professor Mineke Bosch on Dr. Aletta Jacobs

    April 30, 2015

    This month we interviewed dr. Mineke Bosch, a professor of modern history from the University of Groningen. In The Netherlands, Professor Bosch is widely regarded as a leading expert on Dr. Aletta Jacobs. On Saturday April 25, during the Centenary of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and on the occasion of the unveiling of a bust of Dr. Aletta Jacobs in the Peace Palace, Professor Bosch gave a fascinating speech on the prominent role Aletta played in the International Congress of Women that took place in The Hague in April of 1915. Before the unveiling ceremony, we interviewed Professor Bosch who effortlessly took us back in time to the women’s suffrage movement of the early 20th Century and the enormous task that Aletta Jacobs took upon herself when she initiated the Congress of 1915.

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