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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
The President

Dear Mr. Zieringer, thank you very much for your kind invitation to the encounter in the framework of „50 years of relations between Germany and Israel” at the Peace Monument in Bensheim, September 27, 2015.

That you have made ​​it your task to build a Peace Monument to the German-Jewish relations in private initiative, I regard as a very important commitment. A special sign of the encounter on 27 September is the participation of Ms. Dagan, who can report as a Shoa survivor and „life ambassador” of her history - a history of flight, expulsion, suffering and death. But it is also a story of hope, strength and an effort to overcome hatred and to venture a new beginning. Thank you for your efforts in the establishment of the Peace Monument and for the organization of the encounter event.

Unfortunately, it will not be possible for me to follow your invitation, because the Jewish Feast of Sukkot begins at the evenig of 27 September. That I can not take part for this reason, I ask for your understanding.

I wish you an interesting and successful event, which may carry out the positive thoughts of peace into the world, and may further strengthen the German-Jewish relationship.

Yours sincerely
Dr. Josef Schuster, Würzburg 14 Juli 2015




„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.”

Sincerely, Egon Bahr, Berlin, July 15 / 2015 (German politician, former Secretary of the chancellors office)

* Word play: „monument” in German is „Denkmal”, also meaning „Think about it”.





Otto von Habsburg


Translation:

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?”)




Ephraim Kishon

Ephraim Kishon
Kishon Referenz

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
The President

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





The artist explaining the project














Federation of Expellees
President Erika Steinbach, MP

Dear Mr. Zieringer,

thank you so much for your letter dated September 9th of this year with its very extensive appendices. I have read through it with interest and find your project worth of support. Nevertheless is ask you for understanding, that our efforts are focused fully to achieve the constitution of a „Centre Against Expulsion”. (...)

We can not support your project tangible, but we wish your efforts the
best possible results, because we deem your projects to be commendable.


With the request to understand, that we can not support your project
in a well defined way, i remain for now with the best regards,
Erika Steinbach, October 5th 2005




Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
Geschwister-Scholl-Institute
Pof. Dr. Julian Nida-Rümelin, Former Minister of State
Professor of Political Theory and Philosophy

Dear Mr. Zieringer,

meanwhile, I've found the time to see over the interesting project that you have developed.

It is a sensitive project and it is thought-provoking. I wish you every success in its further pursuit, but i have to add however, that I can not contribute to this success, because i don't bear any responsibilty anymore in cultural policy.

With warm regards

Julian Nida Rümelin, January 13th 2005




Dear Mr. Zieringer,
thanks a lot for your letter of Mai 25'th 1999. I haven't only read your book, but i also gave it to my friends for reading it.

Many greetings, Yours,
Norbert Blüm (Federal Minister for Employment)







The real work just began, after the idea of my new perspective in the Berlin Memorial-Debate was alredy written down.


Comments of the years 1998 - 1999

The concept of the new perspective, written as a book, was a contribution to the Berlin-Memorial Debate at this time. Though i live in a free country, all the big media agreed, to avoid this new perspective to become public. I did engage a PR-agency which was well established in Berlin. They gave up with the justification: „We have never experienced such a cowardice.” But what the common media and politics did ignore at this time, had been already taken serious by reputable personalities.

Just three short comments of people from the media: „You won't have any success. Your new approach is too complicate for the present-day world of the media.” Chief editor of a local journal, 1998

„We can not publish an article about your work. You have a completely new perspective. We can not publish this, because otherwise the debate about the Berlin Memorial could not be brought to an end.”
Chief editor of an important German journal, 1999

We had a meeting of the chair and made the decission, not to publish about this issue in general.
Editor of one of the biggest german publisher groups, 1998



President of the International Auschwitz Committee

„I was extremely pleased by your proposal for the construction of a memorial for the victims of the Nazi mass murders. Indeed, it represents a psychological/philosophical approach, which touches deeply. As an individual who cannot give an opinion of the association without the consent of the Chair of the International Auschwitz Committee, I consider the solution you propose as particularly worthy. I am not able to draw comparisons to other solutions, since I don´t have enough information about the discussion in Germany. However, I think that the selection panel would be well advised to consider your concept with particular emphasis.”

Privy Councillor Kurt Hacker, President of the International Auschwitz-Committee (Vienna), 1998



Former general manager of the Socialdemocratic Party and former Federal Minister

„...I do understand fully your concerns, that one had to work in and think through your concepts, to understand your proposal. Also i understand your argument, that this needs time. Nevertheless i advice you not to forget, that in the reality of politics, things are urging to decissions. This day the german chancellor has devolved the decission to the German Bundestag. To say it in other words: the time you would like to have and you think you need, is just not available.

It was a pity, if an interesting and reasonable matter for reflection can not be considered, because the initiator feels he needs more time than there effectively is availabe. Who comes late, becomes punished by life, (the Russian president) Gorbatschow once said.”


Egon Bahr, Social Democratic Party, 1999



News magazine "Stern":Architect Eisenman conceptualizes, Steven Spielberg contributes - doesn't it appear odd, if Jews organize the commemoration of the Germans about their jewish victims?

Friedman: Apparently the Germans (still) can't do it alone. What a pity.

Taken from an interview with Michel Friedman, Member of the central committee of the Jews in Germany. Stern 4/1999, page 121






Comment of Ursula Roeder-Wolf (author)

By now, there has been a big discussion about the establishment of a national Holocaust Memorial in the heart of Berlin. The wounds which also were struck and burned into the perpetrator people obviously didn´t admit any solution meeting all sensibilities. Certainly, this has to do with a still close proximity of the elderly people. And now, out of the blue, a very notable, interesting concept is presented by a representative of the grandchildren´s generation and with which you should deal seriously, as it is evident, that the successor generation is able to respond in an historically unencumbered way.The proposal of Thomas Zieringer offers an incredibly conclusive memorial design which develops a memorial site contrary to modern time monuments demonstrating clearly the interrelated processes in the various rings and correlating them to flowing movement, which expresses not only death and horror or the numbness but also the other light polarity in which the human being is posed at birth and from which it can find ways out, expiation in humility and hope.

We must appreciate this view of the young people and keep in mind that what we build today, should be built primarily for the sake of our children. If we want to raise a memorial monument, then the grandchildren´s generation should have a comprehensive access to the content of the memorial and get help in coping with their own life. We have to bolster them up for a good and comforting future, and we have to show them confidence that they are responsible life carriers for a just and good world.

Through the vision of the Peace Memorial developed by Thomas Zieringer in agitation and excitement we experience the good and right direction for solving inner problems, uptightness and difficulties, and precisely because he directly and immediately rolls up the peace memorial from the overall human individual and explains the aberrances of the people with the polar natures in every human being, which due to unprocessed injuries, mortifications, inferiority feelings etc. result in an ill being or with the power of love result in a safe and sound being, you can describe the peace memorial a successful symbiosis: it is a worthy memorial of the past Holocaust and a silent mediation place for people of all ages seeking for answers for their own life challenges.




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