Link to: Details of Jerusalem Peace Memorial:
The references and comments show the development from the first idea for a Peace Memorial in the Berlin Memorial debate (1998) to its realization as the Jerusalem Peace Memorial in Bensheim (built from 2010 - 2015). The Peace Memorial calls for responsibility: That we may never cease in coexistence to strive bravely, for peace and freedom, based on justice, is something to be learned from a dark past.
Has been read as a greeting at the Peace Monument on September 27, 2015|
Central Council of Jews in Germany
„This Peace Monument after 50 years of relations between Germany and Israel is the convincing representation of a successful idea. Chancellor Willy Brandt has it taken in the words: Peace is not everything, but without peace everything is nothing. Who surrounds the monument* in the landscape and follows the invitation: Think about it, will discover some enrichment and perspective for their own lives . This is a wish for every visitor.”
Dear Mr. Zieringer,
Thank you very much for your letter and the sending of the reports on your project. I would like to congratulate you on your success that your initiative is now carried out.
I wish you continued success in your activity for the good cause and in your work.
With kind regards,
Otto von Habsburg
Without the contribution of the Jews neither our Central European culture nor the Christian Occident as a whole could have arisen. Especially we, the Christians, owe the Jews very much. The Old Testament, as an essential part of our Scriptures, is the foundation on which we stand. The Christian faith is rooted in the history of the people of Israel... (Otto von Habsburg in the organ of the German section of the Pan-European Union 1991, Article: Fundamentalist or faithful?)
Translation: Dear Thomas, your beautiful and nobel mission is worthy of all praise. Thank you." - Ephraim Kishon, international best-selling author, master in art history
The Jerusalem Peace Memorial in Bensheim, Hessen, Germany
Form and Content: Up close, nose to the gem stone, one reads into the veins. The quartz tells each of us a story. As you distance yourself, the shape of the slab becomes meaningful. Further back the group of rose-quartz volumes, standing on black gravel, under the sky, reveals its composition of angles and spaces. This is a part of the Jerusalem Peace Memorial. At the apex of the grassy mound is a six pointed star, the Star of David, symbol of the Jewish people. Its flat marble triangles creatively centered with a small round crystal. Energy from the materials. Energy from the forms. Energy from the numerical values. Energy from the landscape. And most importantly, energy from the heavens for our goodness in remembering a nation who is no longer in our neighborhoods. Thomas Zieringer is presently finishing his site with a mosaic glass seven striped rainbow. Only on the rarest days of semi fog or snow will the stripes seem to be the grey and blue of former times.
We appreciate Thomas's personal difficulties and joys in bringing this work into public reality.
Ellen Lapidus Stern, Jerusalem, August 20, 2013 ( http://www.artistlapidot.com )
Central Council of Jews in Germany
Dear Mr. Zieringer, thank you for your letter and its attachments. Your plan I think is very remarkable, but unfortunately I have to tell you, that the Central Council of Jews in Germany does not deal with the construction of individual objects. (...)
I wish you all the best for your future and remain Sincerely yours
(Paul Spiegel, July 29th 2004)
Minister Bouffier thanks you very much for your letter of January 29, 2003. He also remembers with pleasure the encounter which took place in a small circle. He has read your remarks and suggestions with interest and encourages you to continue your project work in this way.
Dr. Roland Johne on behalf of Hessian Interior Minister Volker Bouffier