Celebration of the inauguration of the Blossom of Shalom. Numerous citizens from Bensheim-Hochstädten and the region were present.

The path to the Foundation

In 1998, the idea of building the Friedensmals (monument) was born in an artists head. It was not meant to be another memorial of admonishment for society, but a Friedensmal, a "going into peace"-Memorial  for the human being, that would show the way to healing the trauma of Germany's recent past. This is a prerequisite for mastering the future.

In 2001, the Friedensmal Wendepunkt Association was founded to support the project. After the realization of the plan in Berlin and Fulda failed due to a lack of interest or oversized fears, a suitable plot of land for the monument was finally purchased in Bensheim-Hochstädten in southern Hesse. It took 9 years from the political preliminary work and the planning of the project to the application for a building permit. During this time, a sufficient amount of private donations could be collected. In January 2010, the building permit was finally granted and construction work could begin.

The construction time was 5 years, as numerous difficulties had to be overcome, mainly due to the private nature of the project. Finally, on September 27, 2015, the Jerusalem Peace Memorial was inaugurated in Germany with a school class from the Bensheim Goethe Gymnasium and a class from its partner school in Haifa, Israel. The patron was Mrs Batsheva Dagan from Israel. - The Jerusalem Peace Memorial was realized purely through civic engagement and with the own funds. Let art be free! This should also be an encouragement for people to live their freedom and bring their good dreams to life.

On chairperson of the Friedensmal Wendepunkt Association, Mrs. Linde Weiland, proposed at the general meeting that the association be converted into a foundation after completion of the Friedensmal. The legal form of a foundation is the more suitable form for the further work with the Friedensmal. There was again a long way to go. On January 28, 2021 the time had finally come: the Friedensmal Foundation was recognized by the Darmstadt Foundation Supervisory Authority. The former association became the "Circle of Friends of the Friedensmal Foundation".

Statutes of the Friedensmal Foundation of December 10, 2020

The work of the Friedensmal Foundation

The main part of the Foundation's work is dedicated to the evolving Jerusalem Friedensmal project, which began as the work of a non-profit association in 2001.

Chairman of the Board

Thomas Zieringer-klein

Thomas Zieringer, artist - Whether it is our country's past or our own: Not crushing feelings of shame and guilt are the answer, but a real acceptance of responsibility that is positive and brings more peace into the world. - Here you will find my personal story of how I found the vision of the Peace Marker and how it came into fruition.

Board of Trustees


Petra Zieringer, Managing Director - I believe in the meaningfulness of the idea of the Friedensmal Monument and I care about reconciliation between people. But above all, I care about real reconciliation between Christians and Jews. Germans should not only talk about it so much, but also act on it.


Ludwig Arras, Master Locksmith (retired) - There is more and more division in society: people only think of themselves, and everyone builds their little fortress around themselves. I wish that people would have more respect for each other and for creation.

Circle of Friends of the Friedensmal Foundation

The Circle of Friends of interested parties, former members of the association and partner organizations supports the work of the foundation. The Circle of Friends mainly includes former members of the Friedensmal Wendepunkt Association, which has been merged into the Foundation. The list will be completed soon.

Linde Weiland, former chairwoman of the Jewish community of Fulda - The twenty years as chairwoman of the Jewish community made me aware of the need to approach each other with tolerance.

Detlef Baumann-Schiechel, Master in Sozial Pedagogy - …

Susanne Kuphal-Lemcke, Speech therapist - For me, the only possible path to world peace is through the inner peace of each individual. The basic idea of the Foundation is therefore exactly the path I am currently taking. I am happy about the initiator's courage in making a vision come true.

Maria Mrotzek, Nurse - This Peace Memorial is important to us. It reminds us on a very dark past and in that it shows a way of peace. Places of contemplation, where people recognize and understand, are an important contribution for a healthy society.


Master of Civil Engineering - Ich wünsche mir jeden Tag, Familie und Beruf nach besten Kräften unter einen Hut zu bringen und mit Gottvertrauen in die Zukunft blicken zu können. Gerne leiste ich einen Beitrag, das Leid der Menschen zu mildern, die weniger auf der Sonnenseite des Lebens stehen. Die Räder, die ich in meinem Umfeld dafür drehen kann sind klein. Das Rad, das hinter dem Friedensmal steht, halte ich dagegen für weitaus größer, als man es wahrnehmen kann.

The circle of friends is still being established.

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