• D-Day and the Battle of Normandy Remembered 2019

    June 6, 2019

    Commemorations of the Allied D-Day landings have begun in Europe, where veterans of the invasion are gathering along with world leaders to mark the 75th anniversary of the operation to liberate France. D-Day started shortly after midnight June 6th, 1944 with an extensive air and naval bombardment and an airborne assault on the French coast. 24.000 British, Canadian and American paratroopers were dropped behind the 80 kilometer wide beach zone and seized key objectives such as bridges and road crossings.

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  • Silent Night: the Remarkable Christmas Truce of 1914

    “That the Guns may Fall Silent at Least upon the Night the Angels Sang”

    December 21, 2018

    Only five months after the outbreak of the Great War in Europe, on and around Christmas Day 1914, the sounds of rifles firing and shells exploding faded in a number of places along the Western Front in favor of holiday celebrations in the trenches and gestures of goodwill between enemies. Late on Christmas Eve 1914, men of the British Expeditionary Force heard Germans troops in the trenches opposite them singing carols and patriotic songs and saw lanterns and small fir trees along their trenches. Messages began to be shouted between the trenches.

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  • The Signing of the Treaty of Ghent, December 24, 1814.

    The Peace of Christmas Eve

    December 21, 2018

    Peace is an elusive thing. For many, the attraction of the Christmas season is the momentary fulfillment of that dream, the wonderful moment of ‘Peace on Earth’. For one night, it seems possible. As Christmas approaches, we experience a sense of ‘Peace on Earth’. A few times in history, this sense of peace at Christmas had real impact on human affairs. A little known example is the the signing of the Treaty of Ghent on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1814, ending a war, the War of 1812, between the United States and the British Empire and their allies.

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  • Ormiston, R., First World War Posters, London, Flame Tree Publishing, 2013.

    First World War Posters

    November 12, 2018

    Recruitment, propaganda, rationing, fundraising – during the First World War posters were used to inform and rally the public as never before. Three beautiful books with reproductions.

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  • Great Grandson of Peace Palace Architect Louis Cordonnier Visits his The Hague Legacy on the day of the ‘Hagologie’ course

    October 23, 2018

    On Saturday October 13th, 2018, the second “Hagologie” course took place in the Peace Palace Library. This is part of a series of lectures concerning the history of the city of The Hague, also addressing i.a. the Binnenhof or the Schilderswijk. Mr. Jeroen Vervliet, Peace Palace Library Director, highlighted again the development of The Hague as City of Peace and Justice since Hugo Grotius, Tobias Asser, Bertha von Suttner and the construction of Andrew Carnegie’s Temple of Peace, eventually the Peace Palace, where arbitration as conducted by the Permanent Court of Arbitration and adjudication as administered by the International Court of Justice contributed over the 20th century till the day of today to the role of The Hague as legal capital of the world.

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  • Macedonia: disputing Alexander's heritage

    Macedonia: Disputing Alexander’s Heritage

    June 7, 2018

    Last week, a solution to the dispute between the Republic of Macedonia, formally known as the ‘Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’ (FYROM) and Greece has reached a new landmark. For decades the name dispute has dominated the region, especially since the Socialist Republic of Macedonia declared its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. Macedonia is currently the name of a region in northern Greece, roughly the area of the former kingdom of Macedon, which is most famous for bringing forth Alexander the Great and the Hellenization of the Ancient World. The Republic of Macedonia is a predominantly Slavic country, that shares a portion of its southern territory with the territory of the ancient kingdom of Macedon.

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  • Ballet de la Paix (1668)

    April 3, 2018

    On 7 february 1668 there was much ado at the Buitenhof in The Hague. Noblemen, foreign diplomats and Dutch regents arrived in coaches or on foot at the stables of the Prince of Orange, which had been transformed temporarily into a theatre. It was the opening night of the Ballet de la Paix (Ballet of Peace). The Ballet de […]

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  • ‘Nuremberg: It’s Lesson for Today’, Film Screening, Thursday 26 November

    November 18, 2015

    We kindly invite you for this film screening. Registration and tickets, please click here.
    ‘Nuremberg: It's Lesson for Today’, Film Screening, Thursday 26 November

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  • Video Registration Lecture ‘70 Years Nuremberg’

    November 17, 2015

    Our event on November 14 was a great success. About 170 people attended! The speakers for this Library lecture were: H.E. Justice Shireen Avis Fisher from the Residual Special Court of Sierra Leone, H.E. Judge Howard Morrison from the International Criminal Court and Mr. Axel Fisher, Philipps University of Marburg, Germany. Please, watch the video registration on our YouTube Channel.
    Video Registration ‘70 Years Nuremberg’

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  • ‘70 Years Nuremberg’, Lecture and Film Screening, 14 and 26 November

    November 12, 2015

    The Peace Palace Library commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials against the principal perpetrators of the Hitler regime. The Library invites you to join us in commemorating this important moment in history and to reflect on the lessons we have learnt from the Nuremberg Trials in recent times. Please, register here.
    Hermann Goring at Nuremberg

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