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Statute of the association Friedensmal Wendepunkt e.V.
The statutes were read in the inaugural meeting on September 27, 2001 (before the evening of Yom Kippur) and unanimously adopted after consultation of the congregation. Amendment by the General Assembly on December 7, 2001, September 20, 2004, December 7, 2015, and October 9, 2018.


The founding of the association was a response to the blockades in dealing with the German past, which became visible in the memorial debate in 1998. After three and a half years of preparation, the founding step was taken in 2001. The answer to violence and terror must not be exhausted only in new violence - neither in the deeds, nor in words or the symbols that a culture creates and uses. The good can not be forced. Terror and violence in the world show us that it needs more love in the world. We want to set signs of peace in the world and thus bring new images of love and freedom into the culture, to make visible a way out of the conflicts in the integration and help to overcome the blockades in the peace process. The power of the signs is in the fact that they enable new freedom in thinking with new images in their understanding. Friedensmal Wendepunkt e. V. is to help with its commitment that the causes of terror and violence, which are in an inner unresolved humanity and in a narrowing of his thinking, are recognized and come to a healing. So we work for a society in which the dignity of man becomes visible. Reason is inherent in man, as is love proper to reason. In pursuit of this is life and outlasts its time.D

§ 1 Name and seat

The club bears the name "Friedensmal Wendepunkt" e. V. and is located in 64625 Bensheim an der Bergstrasse (Hesse). The club is registered in the club register.

§ 2 Purpose of the association
The association pursues exclusively and directly charitable purposes within the meaning of the section "tax-privileged purposes" of the tax code. The purpose of the association is to promote peace, international understanding, education in the field of health (concerning the health of the soul and dealing with trauma), the freedom of man and of peoples, and respect for human dignity. The association supports peace and reconciliation work, which may include therapeutic or pastoral work, because the inner peace is the prerequisite for external peace. The creation of suitable peace signs is understood here as a socio-therapeutic or pastoral work. The association sees it as its task to initiate peace processes with the means of art and to set signs of peace in the world. This can mean the construction of more monuments, but also action art in the social field, to initiate processes that lead to more peace, freedom and better coexistence. The images and explanations newly brought into the collective consciousness by these signs should give an appreciation of the life and freedom and dignity of man. They refer to the signs of a culture.

The association is responsible for the care of the meeting place "Garden of Freedom" in Bensheim-Hochstädten. This project is an outward sign and a step on the way of lived reconciliation. This can effectively break down anti-Judaism and create peace between peoples and people. In the center of the Garden of Freedom, the Peace Mark shows the vicious circle of pain and violence that is broken open through the Tree of Life. The "images of love" brought back into the collective consciousness by the Garden of Freedom would give our country a new freedom and appreciation of life. The importance of civic engagement for a functioning democratic state system supported by broad public participation should also be highlighted with our work. The association promotes social dialogue and social, cultural and political education.

The purpose of the association is to enable or support encounters between persons, groups or representatives of organizations that are seeking ways to peace and reconciliation. This may include the organization of meeting parties, peace conferences and meetings. The mission of the association is to explain and publicize the peace symbolism of the
Garden of Freedom / Jerusalem Peace Mark and to work with the monument in the spirit of peace, freedom and human dignity. In this sense, the association should do a media work. This includes PR work, the own or foreign production of reports and reports, discussions and the like on suitable topics from society, culture, politics, religion and science, which are produced by the association or third parties and made accessible to the general public via suitable media (television, radio, print media, internet). This may include participation in or organization of seminars, public lectures, lectures at educational institutions, as well as participation in or organization of conferences. The association may enter into cooperations with corporations, institutions and foundations of public law, schools, institutes as well as associations, which support the work of peace and reconciliation, which may include a therapeutic or pastoral work, or the social dialogue and the social, cultural and political education.

§ 3 Use of funds

The association is selflessly active, that is, it does not pursue primarily self-economic purposes. Funds of the association may only be used for statutory purposes. The members do not receive payments from the association. No person may be favored by expenses that are foreign to the purpose of the association or by disproportionately high remuneration.

§ 4 Membership

The prerequisite for membership is the credible assumption that the applicant is moving within the framework of the liberal order prescribed by the German Basic Law. For reasons of religion or race, membership must not be denied. It should be assumed that the candidate agrees to the value basis described below.

The association has the value foundation of charity as understood in the Judeo-Christian culture. The willingness to repent and the will to move forward on a path of inner healing and peace bring much dignity to life. It takes the courage of the individual to be true, to drop prejudices, to respect boundaries and to look within oneself without self-delusion - to master the risk of real encounter. This courage is the courage to serve: humility is the foundation on which man can know himself in his place, feel connected to his neighbor, and openly face God.

Association members may be natural persons of legal age, but also legal persons, associations and companies with their own legal personality, business associations, public-law or private legal entities, joint-stock companies or partnerships. Young people under 18 require the permission of the legal representatives. Members are entitled to vote only from the age of majority. The board decides on the written or oral application for admission. Against the refusal, which does not require a reason, the applicant is entitled to appeal to the general meeting, which then finally decides.

Termination of membership

Membership ends by resignation, expulsion, death or loss of the legal capacity of the legal entity. Resignation shall be effected by a written declaration to an authorized member of the Management Board. The written resignation must be declared to the Board of Directors with a notice period of three months to the end of the calendar year.

An exclusion can be made at
a) Violations of these statutes
b) Violations of the decisions of the General Assembly
c) Violations of the purpose of the association
d) behavior that damages the association's goals or the reputation of the association
e) Violation of statutory duties
f) general unavailability of the member (unknown address or missing member) and if it was not possible even with good will to find the member.

The Executive Board decides on the exclusion. The member is entitled to appeal against the exclusion to the general meeting, which must be addressed in writing to the board within one month. The general meeting decides finally.

§ 5 Contributions

There is no club fee charged. The association finances itself by voluntary donations of the members, and by donations of natural and legal persons, associations, foundations and societies with own legal personality, business associations, public legal or private legal corporations, public limited companies or partnerships. Donations must not be tied to conditions that contradict the purpose of the association.

§ 6 Organs of the association

Organs of the association are:

- the general meeting
- the board

§ 7 General Assembly

The tasks of the general meeting include in particular:

- Election and deselection of the board
- discharge of the executive board
- Receipt of the reports of the board
- Choice of cash auditors
- Determination of contributions
- Contributions and their due date
- Approval of the budget
- Resolution on the amendment of the statutes including the change of the purpose of the association
- Resolution on the dissolution of the association
- Appointment of particularly deserving members as honorary members
- Decision on the admission and exclusion of members in appeal cases
- other tasks, as far as these result from the statutes or the law

Convening of general meetings

At least once a year a regular general meeting takes place. The Executive Board is obliged to convene an Extraordinary General Meeting if at least one third of the members request this in writing stating the reasons. The General Assembly shall be convened in writing by the Executive Board with a notice period of two weeks, stating the agenda. The period begins with the day following the dispatch of the letter of invitation. The invitation letter is deemed to have been received by the members when it was addressed to the last address given to the association. The agenda must be supplemented if requested in writing by a member no later than one week before the deadline. The supplement should be announced at the beginning of the meeting. Applications for the deselection of the Executive Board, the amendment of the statutes, including the change of the association's purpose and the dissolution of the association, which the members have not already received with the invitation to the general meeting, can only be decided upon at the next general meeting.

Course and decision-making of general meetings

The General Assembly is chaired by a member of the Executive Board or a majority-elected chairman. The general meeting is quorate regardless of the number of members present. Each member has one vote. The right to vote can only be exercised in person. Members who are not entitled to vote may attend the General Assembly as guests. Votes are decided by a simple majority of the votes cast. The deselection of the board, amendments of the statutes including the change of the purpose of the association and the dissolution of the association can only be decided by a two-thirds majority. Abstentions and invalid votes are disregarded. A record of the decisions of the general meeting has to be made and signed by the chairman of the meeting and the secretary.

§ 8 Board

The board consists of the first chairman, his deputy, the treasurer, the secretary and at least one but not more than three board members. The board within the meaning of § 26 BGB consists of two persons, the 1st and 2nd chairman. They represent the association judicially and out of court. Both chairmen are authorized to represent. The power of representation of a chairman is limited internally or in such a way that in legal transactions of more than 3000 euros he is obliged to obtain the consent of the other chairman and the treasurer.

Duties and responsibilities of the Executive Board

The executive committee is responsible for all affairs of the association, as far as they are not assigned to another organ by statute. His duties include in particular:

- the preparation and convening of the General Assembly as well as the drawing up of the agenda
- Execution of resolutions of the general meeting
- preparation of any budget, accounting,
- Preparation of the annual report, submission of the annual plan
- Resolution on membership applications and exclusions of members

Election of the Board

The board is elected by the general meeting for a term of two years. Board members can only become members of the association. Re-election is permissible. The board remains in office until a new board is elected. Upon termination of membership in the association also ends the office as a board.

Board meetings

The Board of Directors decides in meetings convened by the 1st or 2nd Chairman. The presentation of an agenda is not necessary. The board is quorate if at least two of its members are present. The board decides by majority vote. In case of a tie, the vote of the chairman decides, in the absence of which the deputy chairman (2nd chairman) decides.

§ 9 Cash audit

The General Assembly elects two people for a term of two years for the cash audit. These may not be members of the board or a committee appointed by it. Re-election of the cash auditors is permitted. These must examine the fund of the association including the books and documents at least once in the financial year objectively and mathematically and report to the whole board in written form, if there were found irregularities. At least one cash auditor will submit an oral or written audit report to the members' meeting and, if the cash transactions are conducted properly, apply for the discharge of the treasurer and the other members of the Executive Board.

§ 10 Financial year and accounting

The financial year is the calendar year. The first financial year ends on 31 December of the year of foundation. The Board of Directors must prepare the annual financial statements for the past financial year by 31 March of each year. The annual financial statements are audited by the auditor appointed by the General Meeting. Insofar as the auditors do not give reasons for relieving the Management Board, they must be submitted in writing no later than four weeks after preparation of the annual financial statements in the form of an annotated statement of account concerning the contested business activities.

§ 11 Board of Trustees

The task of the board of trustees is to advise the board in all technical matters of the association. Members of the Board of Trustees are:

a) Representatives of the General Assembly
b) Persons who have made a special contribution to the public good through their contribution to the common good.
c) Public authorities, authorities and associations closely linked to the goals of this association.

The appointment of the members of the board of trustees is initially made by the board. At the latest at the next General Assembly, the members of the Board of Trustees are to be confirmed by the General Assembly by a simple majority. If a member of the board of trustees is not confirmed, his membership in the board of trustees ends with the decision of the general meeting.

§ 12 Dissolution of the association

1. To dissolve the association, a majority of 2/3 of the casted valid votes is required.

2. In case of dissolution or cancellation of the association or if its tax-privileged purposes cease to exist, the assets of the association shall fall to the city of Bensheim, which has to use the property directly and exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of § 2 of the statutes.

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