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1 August 2020

Celebrating the centenary of the No More War-movement's first public manifestation in the center of Berlin on 1 August 1920 (Nie-wieder-Krieg-Bewegung), we followed the request of the Mahatma Gandhi Central University Teacher's Association (Motihari, Bihar, India) to give a lecture on "Gandhi, Ossietzky, Hitler and the Nobel Peace Prize" (Christian Bartolf), which explicitly referred to Willy Brandt's active support for the international Nobel Peace Prize campaign for Carl von Ossietzky and to Prof. Albert Einstein's plea for Mahatma Gandhi.
Poster - Video

30 July 2020

You are invited to virtually visit this exhibition: "Bread and Roses" - Voices against War. Commemorating the centenary of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (2019/20).

Bread and Roses
This exhibition documents public voices of women against war from 1907 until 1935 and recalls the founding years of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom: after the death of Bertha von Suttner on 21 June 1914, after the beginning of the First World War on 28 July 1914, and after the murder of Jean Jaurès on 31 July 1914.

26 July 2020

Social Media representation:
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24 July 2020

In association with Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (A central University), Lucknow (capital of Uttar Pradesh), namely Prof. Sanjay Singh, Prof. Sanatan Nayak, and Prof. S.K. Pandey, we contributed a lecture on "Mahatma Gandhi and Satyagraha" (by Christian Bartolf).
BBA University, celebrating silver jubilee, was established in Lucknow in 1996 as Central University with the objective of promoting advance knowledge by instructional and research facilities in science, key and frontier areas of technology and other disciplines.
See the: Poster - Lecture

20 July 2020

New United Nations International Days

As we believe in the universal values the United Nations stand for: peace, justice, human dignity, tolerance and solidarity - and we wish a world federation of humanity would cease the scourge of war - we today urged by letter the United Nations (Secretary-General and General Assembly) to introduce two new United Nations‘ International Days:

  1. United Nations' International Day of Mutual Aid and Solidarity on each 15 January
    (Dr. Martin Luther King's Jr.s Birthday)
  2. United Nations' International Day of Compassion and Empathy on each 9 September (Leo Tolstoy‘s Birthday)

20 July 2020

We had a friendly and kind dialogue during the first United Nations World Chess Day webinar today with President Arkady Dvorkovich - following his request we sent our note to FIDE and UNESCO:

Our suggestion was particularly referring to Chess Museums and World Culture, particularly the need of a Digital Museum for Culture and History of Chess and its relations to the arts and philosophy.
We wanted to inspire FIDE and the United Nations to support a network of chess museums for a Culture of Peace in various cities (e.g. Ankara, Amsterdam, Budapest, Moscow) in the future.

As an example of the role of chess for a Culture of Peace, we added and shared a text passage on Tolstoy:
"... In his “Letter on the Peace Conference” (The Hague, 1898) - we could recently celebrate the centenary of the Peace Palace (Vredespaleis) in The Hague, the Netherlands - Leo Tolstoy recollects how during the siege of Sevastopol during the Crimean War (October 1853–February 1856) he one day sat with the adjutants of Count Dmitrij Erofeevic Osten-Sacken, Commander of the Russian garrison, when Prince Sergej Semenovic Urusov, a brave officer and first-rate chess player and a friend of Tolstoy’s, entered the room and wished to speak to the General. An adjutant took him to Osten-Sacken’s room, and ten minutes later Urusov passed out again, looking discontented. After he had gone, the adjutant explained that Urusov had come to suggest that a challenge should be sent to the English to play a game of chess for the foremost trench in front of the Fifth Bastion: a trench that had changed hands several times and had already cost some hundreds of lives. Osten-Sacken had refused to issue the challenge provoking Tolstoy’s comment: 'Undoubtedly it would have been far better to play chess for the trench than to kill people.' ..."

16 July 2020

You are invited to virtually visit this exhibition: Dr. Albert Schweitzer:
"My Address to the People" - Commitment against Nuclear War (2017)
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Schweitzer
On 23 April 1957, Dr. Albert Schweitzer had his “A Declaration of Conscience” published via Radio Oslo. The call for nuclear disarmament was broadcasted by many international radio stations and printed one day later in the New York Times on 24 April 1957. This exhibition was opened on 24 April 2017, sixty years later, and was on display at the Berlin Anti-War Museum’s Peace Gallery until 24 September 2017. Meanwhile the Foundation German Albert Schweitzer Center (“Stiftung Deutsches Albert-Schweitzer-Zentrum Frankfurt/Main”) has organized presentations of this Schweitzer Peace Exhibition in many public places. This exhibition is based on texts by Dr. Albert Schweitzer and addresses his commitment:
1) against any war in principle, 2) against nuclear weapons and nuclear war, 3) for the reverence for life.

Exhibition Catalogue in English (2020) - in German (2019) -
Editors: Freie Universität Berlin, Universitätsbibliothek;
Gandhi-Informations-Zentrum e.V.

14 July 2020

On the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary on 2 October 2019 (United Nations International Day of Non-Violence since 2007) and on the occasion of the Nobel Peace Laureate Carl von Ossietzky's 130th birth anniversary on 3 October 2019, we addressed letters to representatives of the Federal Republic of Germany with the intention that they wholeheartedly care for the legal and political rehabilitation of Carl von Ossietzky.
This would certainly be in the interest of the former Governing Mayor of Berlin, foreign minister, federal chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Nobel Peace Laureate of 1971, Willy Brandt, who actively supported the Nobel Peace Prize campaign for Carl von Ossietzky.

10 July 2020

In association with Seshadripuram Educational Trust (Seshadripuram Evening Degree College, #27 Nagappa Street, Seshadripuram, Bengaluru – 560 020, Karnataka, India, affiliated to Bengaluru Central University, namely Dr. Krishna, Prof. Satish, Prof. Konnur, Mr. Kumar, Mr. Ashok, Mr. Sagar) and Professor Chetan Singh Solanki (Department of Energy Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay) with his Energy Swaraj Foundation in Mumbai, India, we contributed a keynote address (by Christian Bartolf) to the International Webinar on the Relevance of Gandhian Environmentalism (9th July 2020).
See the: Poster - Keynote Address - Video - Thanking Letter

4 July 2020

On June 27th, 2020, the famous actress and singer-songwriter Holly Near from Ukiah, California, U.S.A. signed the international "Manifesto against conscription and the military system".
Press Release - Holly Near's Page

5 June 2020

Poster by Christian Bartolf and Dominique Miething:
in English language: "Exhibitions on the History of Nonviolent Resistance" (Download from: Gandhi Information Center or Free University Berlin) or
in German language: "Ausstellungen über die Geschichte des gewaltfreien Widerstands" (Download from: Gandhi Information Center or Free University Berlin)
- to be presented at the 10th International Conference of Museums for Peace, Kyoto and Hiroshima (Japan), Theme: “The Role of Museums for Peace in Conveying Memories for Generations to Come”, September 16-20, 2020.

4 June 2020

Gandhi's Speech, Inter-Asian Relations Conference, Delhi, India, 2 April 1947:

Transcript of the speech here - as part of our exhibition Gandhi's Path to Nonviolence - autobiographical quotes, photos, original voice (2008)

8 November 2019

New exhibition: "Bread and Roses" - Voices against War. Commemorating the Centenary of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (2019/20).

Opening speech -
Christian Bartolf and Dominique Miething: "Bread and Roses" - Voices against War. Commemorating the Centenary of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

6 November 2019

Two articles by Christian Bartolf and Dominique Miething in Indian publications:
1) "Mahatma Gandhi's message for us in the 21st century"
Social Action. A Quarterly Review of Social Trends (New Delhi). The Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi. On the occasion of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Vol. 69, No. 4 (October-December 2019): 398-405.
2) Mahatma Gandhi's ideas for the world. Satyagraha, sarvodaya are core concepts of Gandhi's political philosophy.
Online: THE WEEK. The Unknown Gandhi. A look at fascinating yet unlit aspects of his life in his 150th year. June 22, 2019 (Kochi, Kerala, India).
Print: THE WEEK. The Unknown Gandhi. A look at fascinating yet unlit aspects of his life in his 150th year. June 30, 2019 (Kochi, Kerala, India).

1 October 2019

New article by Christian Bartolf: "Gandhian Vision for the Future." Kerala Calling (published by the Information & Public Relations Department, Government of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India), Vol. 39, No. 12 (October 2019): 24-25.

30 January 2019

New exhibition "Aldous Huxley. Alphabet of Peace. Commitment against War" (2019).

30 January 2018

New exhibition "'Study War No More' - Lyrics and Photographies for Peace" (2018).

22 November 2017

New exhibition "Henry David Thoreau: '... give me truth'. Plea for Nonviolent Resistance" (2017/18).

3 March 2017

Our new bilingual exhibition "Desiderius Erasmus - "War is sweet to those who have no experience of it ..." Protest against Violence and War" (2017) is now online.

Erasmus

8 February 2017

New exhibition "Desiderius Erasmus - "War is sweet to those who have no experience of it ..." Protest against Violence and War" (2017).

10 March 2015

A new essay on "Tolstoy and Practical Spirituality" (by Christian Bartolf) about Leo Tolstoy and the Doukhobors, published by Gandhi Marg Quarterly, may be downloaded here.

 

3 June 2014

A new English language radio interview with Christian Bartolf:

3 May 2014 (Interviewer: Audra Čepkauskaitė, Radio Lithuania (Vilnius, Lithuania)

 

22 July 2013

Our first trilingual exhibition entitled "Étienne de La Boétie - Against Voluntary Servitude - Discourse on the fall of tyrants" (2012) (available in English, German and French) is now online.

As always, CD-Rom copies are available here. In case you would like to show the exhibition in your local community.

4 July 2013

For the first time in good quality and with full transcription: Original Voice of Leo Tolstoy in English, German and French.

28 January 2012 to 22 April 2012

New exhibition "Etienne de La Boétie: Against Voluntary Servitude - Discourse on the fall of tyrants" (2012).

 

7 May 2011 to 20 November 2011

New exhibition "Rabindranath Tagore: "Words from the Depth of Truth". In the summer of 2014, this exhibition was on display at the Tagore Festival in the United Kingdom (Dartington Hall).

 

28 August 2010 to 29 January 2011

First English language exhibition worldwide on "Leo Tolstoy and the Doukhobors: Conscientious Objection" (authors: Christian Bartolf, Dominique Miething).

As always, CD-Rom copies are available here. In case you would like to show the exhibition in your local community.

August 14, 2010:

Two radio interviews with Christian Bartolf:

1 October 2009: (Interviewer: Sumanaspati Reddy, All India Radio, Hyderabad, India)

24 September 2007: (Interviewer: Erik Lau Christensen, Danish Peace Academy)

14 May 2010

The exhibition John Ruskin - "Unto This Last" - Reflections on Justice and Peace (2010) is now present on this website. For people who are working in the field of public education or who would like to show the exhibition in their local community: Please do not hesitate to contact us for a copy of the CD containing all required panels and pictures.

 

18 April 2010

As an addition to the King exhibition, you can now find the original audio file and transcript of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Radio Address to India, All India Radio, March 1959.