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  • From the Peace Palace to Hollywood

    March 13, 2018

    The stories behind the Peace Palace interior designs and designers have never before been explored in great detail. However, they contributed to making the Peace Palace not only a unique building and a product of an era, but also a visible icon of peace and justice. A blog about designer Herman Rosse, a man with ambition, a vast artistic experience and the talent to do great things. It would eventually lead him to becoming the first Dutchman ever to win an Oscar.

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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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  • 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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  • Book Review: War, Peace and International Order?

    October 12, 2017

    This book attempts to assess the history and on-going relevance of the 1899 and 1907 Hague peace conferences, the conventions they brought into being, the institutions they established and the precedents they set. The exact legacies of the two conferences remain unclear. On the one hand, diplomatic and military historians, who cast their gaze to 1914, traditionally dismiss the events of 1899 and 1907 as insignificant footnotes on the path to the First World War. On the other, experts in international law posit that The Hague’s foremost legacy lies in the manner in which the conferences progressed the law of war and the concept and application of international justice.

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  • The Hague International Open Day 2017

    September 21, 2017

    The Hague will celebrate the U.N.-declared International Day of Peace together with you with a wealth of activities, during the Just Peace Festival. During the The Hague International Open Day on Sunday the 24th of September, you can pay a visit to the Peace Palace, the ICC, OPCW, etc.: international organisations, that work tirelessly to secure a safer and better world.

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  • SURVEY: Peace Palace Library

    August 30, 2017

    The Peace Palace Library always strives to improve the quality of its collection and services. In order to do this as quickly and appropriately as possible, it is important to know which points will benefit from any improvements. For this reason, we kindly request your participation in this survey. We would greatly appreciate you taking a few minutes of your time by filling in this survey . Please use the ‘Other…’ option to express your specific wishes if you have any! Thanks in advance for your support and cooperation.

    Best regards, Peace Palace Library Staff

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  • Happy Birthday! Peace Palace 104 Years Anniversary

    August 28, 2017

    For centuries violent wars had raged in Europe. Harvests were destroyed, houses were plundered, families torn apart. Society was unsettled time and again. The raw images of the battlefield that through the invention of photography now also reached the home front, did serious damage to the idea that war was essential for defending the glory […]

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  • Polar Bear Fountain, Peace Palace, The Hague

    Polar Bear Fountain

    August 21, 2017

    On 28 September 1909 Arnold Krog, the artistic director of the Royal Danish Porcelain Factory, left his rooms in Hotel Des Indes for the Peace Palace carrying the design of a fountain. He informed the executive architect of the Peace Palace and the Carnegie Foundation that this would be the Danish gift to the Peace […]

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  • The Polar Bear Fountain, Peace Palace, The Hague

    Polar Bear Fountain

    August 21, 2017

    On 28 September 1909 Arnold Krog, the artistic director of the Royal Danish Porcelain Factory, left his rooms in Hotel Des Indes for the Peace Palace carrying the design of a fountain. He informed the executive architect of the Peace Palace and the Carnegie Foundation that this would be the Danish gift to the Peace […]

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  • The Eagle Has Landed

    August 4, 2017

    A more than 2 meters high statue of an eagle has been in restoration for many years. The statue was first completely restored in the 1970’s after it was broken in two parts during building works. It was badly damaged again over 10 years ago. But now the eagle is back in good shape and placed at a wonderful location near the pond in the garden of the Peace Palace. But what’s exactly the story behind this fierce looking animal?

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