Chapter: Development / Peace Mark

Title pages of Jerusalem Post and HaAretz

On March 22, 2013 the (Jerusalem) Peace Mark in Germany was inaugurated with an ad in Israel on March 22nd, 2013. At this moment, I was spending time with Jewish friends who live in Safed, Israel. They surprised me when showing me the newspaper. I had not reckoned on the size of the ad and the placement on the front page. We were happy (image). 

The advertisement shows the
Rose of Shalom in the center of the Peace Mark. It is the symbol of my work. One day I would like to build another "Rose of Shalom" in Jerusalem as a connection to the Peace Mark. The ad features a text – „The opposite of the Holocaust is in a sense the idea of Jerusalem” – that reflects the message embodied by the Peace Mark. In the context of a collapse of civilization, the „idea of Jerusalem” is remembered.

The ad appeared on the front pages when US President Obama visited the state of Israel before the important Passover celebration. Internationally, the ad was even printed full-page on the back page of the magazine or on the back page of a title page. The moment of publication, the unusually large size, and printing it on the title page: all these elements expressed “Jerusalem’s” sympathy for the project.

Note: The Jerusalem Peace Memorial (in the ad) became the Jerusalem Peace Mark, as it is a better translation of the German name "Friedensmal". This project is "more" than a memorial for the pain of the past. It's about Life - also in the German-Jewish relations - in the present. It is about what has been learned from a dark past.

Frontpage of Jerusalem Post - Israel

Frontpage of HaAretz

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