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This week we have reached a milestone in our history as we celebrate the Peace Palace Centenary! On the occasion of our 100th anniversary, we will dedicate this month’s Newsletter to this special historical moment and share with you the exciting events of this past week.
On August 28, 2013 a bust of Bertha von Suttner was unveiled at the Peace Palace. This historic moment marked the first time that a statue of a woman was placed in the Peace Palace. 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee unveiled the bust. Gbowee was the last woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, an honor that she shared with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Tawakkol Karman.
Ms Gbowee was invited to the Peace Palace to unveil the bust of Bertha von Suttner during the celebrations of the Centenary of the Peace Palace on August 28, 2013. The Austrian Baroness Bertha von Suttner (1843-1914) was the only woman to attend the 1899 Hague Peace Conference and was present at the opening of the Peace Palace. She also was the first woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1905 and the first woman to be honored with a bust in the Peace Palace. The editors of the Peace Palace Library Newsletter took the opportunity of Ms Gbowee’ s presence to interview her.
This past month our Embassy Book Donation Project received a major boost as one Embassy after the other generously donated numerous publications to our National Law Collection. The first Embassy to enrich our collection in early July was Serbia. They were quickly followed by the Embassy of Belarus, the Embassy of Estonia, The Russian Embassy, the British Embassy, the Embassy of Ireland and at the end of August, we received many donations from the Embassy of the Czech Republic. Find out which publications are now part of our Collection!
Not coincidentally, the Peace Palace opened its doors on 28 August 1913, two-hundred-and-sixty-eight years to the day that Grotius had died in Rostock, Germany. That same year, the Dutch publisher Martinus Nijhoff gifted 55 editions of Grotius’ De Jure Belli ac Pacis (first published in 1625) to the Peace Palace Library, which would become the nucleus of the PPL’s famous Grotiana collection.
As part of the celebration of 100 years Peace Palace several lectures, debates and conferences will be organized. You are very welcome to attend. You can sign up and procure tickets per activity. Upcoming in September: Symposium and International Conference on Peacemaking, Philantropy and Education.
When the Peace Palace opened its doors on August 28, 1913, the openings ceremony was attended by approximately 500 guests from different corners of the world. Have you ever been curious to find out who was there that day, what they wore, what music was played during the ceremony? We will take a close look at the events on that historical day and share with you the amazing footage of some of the most prominent guests in attendance.
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August 28th, 2013 marks the Centennial anniversary of the Peace Palace in The Hague. Since its inauguration, the Peace Palace has become a worldwide icon of Peace and Justice. A chain of special events are scheduled between August 28th and September 21st, the UN Day of Peace, to emphasize The Netherlands’ unwavering commitment to a better world in which conflicts are settled peacefully. Let's celebrate!
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