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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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  • 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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  • Hiroshima A-Bombed Tree Ceremony

    December 6, 2017

    On the occasion of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to ICAN, a descendant of a Haki-kima-kaki tree (Diospyros kaki) that has emerged after the Hiroshima atomic attack has found a new home in the garden of the Peace Palace. Seeds from that Hako-kima-kaki tree were sent from Hiroshima to the Hortus botanicus in Leiden. They have been germinated there and have now grown into a beautiful young tree. In short speeches we have commemorated the victims of the atomic attack that remind us of the need to abolish nuclear weapons. The cruelty of atomic bombs and the suffering of the citizens of Horoshima and Nagasaki is engraved in our memory. Yet the beauty of a surviving tree from Japan gives hope for a better and more peaceful world.

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  • Fethiye Çetin and her grandmother

    Legacies of the Armenian Genocide: Family Stories of Survivors

    April 24, 2017

    Today, 24 April, marks the 102nd commemoration of the beginning of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1916. Often, debates on the Armenian Genocide center around demographic data of lost Armenian lives in the genocide and overlook the fact how each killing affected a family irreversibly. Mass atrocities and deportations weighed on families, disrupting relationships between relatives, husbands and wives, as well as parents and children. Survivors of the genocide lost contact with their family members and were scattered into various regions, from the Middle East, Russia and Europe to the American and Australian continents. This blog focuses on separated survivors of the Armenian Genocide and how sometimes their descendant families are reunited.

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  • World War One Poetry and Music, Tuesday 25 November, Peace Palace

    World War One Poetry and Music, Tuesday 25 November, Peace Palace

    November 19, 2014

    On Tuesday 25 November 2014, 19:45 hrs, a special ‘war poetry’ evening will take place in the Peace Palace to commemorate the First World War, based on a selection by Onno Kosters. Poems of well-known poets from Great Britain, France, Germany and Italy, such as Siegfried Sassoon and John McCrae, Georg Trakl, Guillaume Apollinaire will be recited. The reading of the poems will be interlarded with music compositions and performances by Rénan Zelada closely linked to the First World War. A guided tour of the exhibition ‘Peace Illusion Disturbed’ is included.

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  • Filmscreening ‘Joyeux Noel’, Tuesday, 18 November, Peace Palace

    November 17, 2014

    Joyeux Noel captures a rare moment of grace from one of the worst wars in the history of mankind, World War I. On Christmas Eve, 1914, as German, French, and Scottish regiments face each other from their respective trenches, a musical call-and-response turns into an impromptu cease-fire, trading chocolates and champagne, playing soccer, and comparing pictures of their wives. But when Christmas ends, the war returns. Tuesday, 18 November, Peace Palace, 16.00 h, start film 17.00 h. Only by registration: ku-s1@denh.auswaertiges-amt.de

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  • Hachez, K. und O. Glaser, Kriegs ABC, Berlin, Arthur Collignon Verlag, 1915.

    Hachez, K. und O. Glaser, Kriegs ABC, Berlin, Arthur Collignon Verlag, 1915.

    November 17, 2014

    Description: Hachez, K. und O. Glaser, Kriegs ABC, Berlin, Arthur Collignon Verlag, 1915. 12 pages with 24 colored lithographed illustrations. Format 19,5 x 138 cm.

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  • If ye break faith – we shall not sleep

    If ye break faith – we shall not sleep

    November 11, 2014

    Commemorative poster for World War I. A lone soldier stands in a field of poppies, his head bowed as he looks down at a simple wooden grave cross. The title of this poster is taken from the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ written by Dr. John McRae (1872-1918), a doctor serving in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps.

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  • Koch, J., Von Helden und Opfern: Kulturgeschichte des deutschen Kriegsgedenkens, Darmstadt, WBG, Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2013.

    Koch, J., Von Helden und Opfern: Kulturgeschichte des deutschen Kriegsgedenkens, Darmstadt, WBG, Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2013.

    November 9, 2014

    Betrachtet man den Wandel in der Gedenkkultur an die Kriege in Deutschland und an die Opfer von der napoleonischen Zeit bis heute, so entsteht ein Beitrag zur politischen Mentalität, der all die dramatischen Umbrüche der jüngeren Geschichte widerspiegelt.

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

    The Illusion of Peace Disturbed: Lectures, Europeana Collection Day, Film and Exhibitions

    November 7, 2014

    Events and commemorative ceremonies will be taking place during 2014 to 2018, marking the Centenary of the First World War. The Peace Palace Library, in collaboration with the Alliance Française, organizes a Conference Day on Friday, 14 November, with lectures on the First World War and presents two exhibitions in the main entrance hall of the Peace Palace: The First World War in Posters & “Lettres d’un soldat” – letters of a French soldier to his wife (1914-1915). Furthermore, the feature film “Joyeux Noël”, and a Europeana Collection Day to be held in the Library next Saturday.

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