Celebration of the inauguration of the Blossom of Shalom within the Jerusalem Peace Memorial.

The work of the Friedensmal Foundation

The main part of the Foundation's work is dedicated to the evolving Jerusalem Friedensmal art project. Here you can find pictures and information about it.

The purpose of the foundation is in particular the promotion of art and culture,

  • which can bring into being the processes for the spiritual healing of man and society,

  • which stimulates and promotes peace and freedom in the relations between people and nations, and

  • which symbolizes and supports appreciative understanding between people and nations.

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, dedicated to life and to show the way of a healing of the trauma of the recent German 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

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. (Contact)

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.


Rabbi Mordechai Mendelson, chairman of the Jewish Chabbad congregation of Karlsruhe, member of the German Rabbinical Council.

Circle of Friends of the Friedensmal Foundation

The Circle of Friends 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.

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.

Anton Euler, Rentner (formerly working at the Mission for the Blind) - The idea of reconciliation appeals to me. For me, it means coming to terms with God and oneself in order to come to terms with one's neighbor. It means breaking down prejudices in order to come closer to one another, to be ready to listen and to accept the other as a human being.

Konrad Kaschek, Hauskeeper and working pensioner - I want to set positive signs and build a bridge between the past and the present. My aim is to contribute to the development of our civilization. I want to help so that it can develop further in peace and freedom.

Paul Alfons Büttner, Civil Servant ret.

Ellen Lapidus Stern, Artist, Jerusalem

Carina Ernste, Mainz

Dr. Klaus Mause, Engineer ret.

Christian Strack, Industrial Engineer

Arnulf Tian, Dipl. Bauingenieur

Christa Büttner, Nursing Manager

Karl Zieringer, Entrepreneur ret.

Margret Zieringer, Physiotherapist ret.

Andreas Zieringer, Computer scientist

Anton Euler, Pensioner

Marion Euler, Housewife

Dr. Baumann-Schiechel, Master in Social Pedagogy

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