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  • Remembering Felix Moscheles (1833-1917)

    January 11, 2018

    On December 22, the Peace Palace Library, the International Network of Museums for Peace (INMP) and the Bertha von Suttner Peace Institute organized a commemorative meeting to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Felix Stone Moscheles. Moscheles was a 19th century peace activist and painter. He was one of the best-known pacifists of his time, a familiar face in the International Peace Movement and a close friend of Bertha von Suttner, the first female recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. He participated in the Hague Peace Conferences and was a staunch supporter of international arbitration. This blog will briefly discuss his life and will mainly focus on his peace activities.

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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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  • Unveiling the Bust of Dr. Aletta Jacobs (1854-1929) by the Women's International League of Peace and Freedom

    Unveiling the Bust of Dr. Aletta Jacobs (1854-1929) by the Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom

    April 30, 2015

    On Saturday April 25, a bust was unveiled of Dr. Aletta Jacobs, the first medical doctor in The Netherlands and a prominent women’s right activist. Aletta Jacobs was honored with a bust for taking the initiative to organize the International Congress of Women of 1915. The bust is a gift from the Dutch chapter of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) to the Carnegie Foundation. WILPF arose out of the International Congress of Women of 1915, which took place in The Hague. WILPF is the oldest international women’s peace organization in the world and today it focuses on three key areas: 1) Disarmament; 2) Human Rights; and 3) Women, Peace and Security. WILPF was instrumental in getting the U.N. Security Council to adopt Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325), an historic resolution which calls on governments to mainstream a gender perspective into peace and security efforts. Resolution 1325 turns 15 in October 2015.

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  • Special Collections

    Special Collections

    March 31, 2015

    The Library houses a few special collections, of which the Grotius collection and the Peace Movement collection are the most important. We present highlights of these collections: old and rare books, brochures, pamphlets, conference reports, newspaper clippings, letters and photographs. The Image collection holds unique posters, engravings, photographs, cartoons, portraits and maps refering to themes and subjects such as war, peace, pacifism and the Peace Palace. Recently, the Library has been scanning Scheldt River publications and providing free access to these digital versions. The total amount of scanned pages is about 35.000! A Portrait collection is scheduled later this year.

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  • Bertha von Suttner standing outside the Japanese Room during the official opening of the Peace Palace on August 28, 1913

    Bertha von Suttner Lecture, Auditorium, Tuesday, 14.00-15.00h

    July 29, 2014

    A special presentation titled ‘Pursuing Peace, Seeking Justice and Serving Humanity; The Life and Lessons of Bertha von Suttner’ by Professor Hope Elizabeth May of Central Michigan University and Ms Candice Alihusain, coordinator Reading Room. Hague Academy only!
    Bertha von Suttner Lecture, Auditorium, Thursday, 14.30-15.30h

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  • Bertha von Suttner Commemoration Week

    Bertha von Suttner Commemoration Week

    July 25, 2014

    Saterday, June 21, 2014, marked the Centenary of the death of Austrian peace activist and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Bertha von Suttner. The Peace Palace Library, the Carnegie Foundation and the Bertha von Suttner Project, organized a week of commemorative activities to celebrate her life and accomplishments. Professor Hope Elizabeth May of Central Michigan University and six of her students played a key role in organizing all of the activities that took place in the Peace Palace. These are their insightful reflections of those events.

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  • Bertha von Suttner standing outside the Japanese Room during the official opening of the Peace Palace on August 28, 1913

    Bertha von Suttner Lecture, Auditorium, Thursday, 14.30-15.30h

    July 17, 2014

    A special presentation titled ‘Pursuing Peace, Seeking Justice and Serving Humanity; The Life and Lessons of Bertha von Suttner’ by Professor Hope Elizabeth May of Central Michigan University and Ms Candice Alihusain, coordinator Reading Room. Hague Academy only!
    Bertha von Suttner Lecture, Auditorium, Thursday, 14.30-15.30h

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  • Eyffinger, A.C.G.M., "The Stars of Eternal Truth and Right": Bertha von Suttner's Campaigning for Peace, Social Justice, and Womanhood, Oisterwijk, Wolf Legal Publishers, 2013.

    “The Stars of Eternal Truth and Right”: Bertha von Suttner’s Campaigning for Peace, Social Justice, and Womanhood

    February 7, 2014

    New publication by Arthur Eyffinger. The Hague Peace Conferences of 1899 and 1907 were the undisputable highlights of Bertha von Suttner’s long career as an engaged peace activist. To her, the opening of the Peace Palace in 1913 was a dream come true. This publication focuses on Bertha’s tenets and aspirations with regard to the emerging international tradition in The Hague.

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  • Bertha von Suttner (1843-1914)

    Bertha von Suttner Lectures at the ICC

    December 5, 2013

    Two lectures on the legacy of Bertha von Suttner (1843-1914), pacifist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, at the invation of the International Criminal Court by Candice Alihusain, Peace Palace Library and Professor Hope May, Central Michigan University.

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