Title pages of Jerusalem Post and HaAretz
On 22 March 2013, the ad with theBlossom of Shalom of the Jerusalem Friedensmal appeared on the front pages of the Jerusalem Post and HaAretz. It was in Jerusalem that it was first publicly presented. I was in Safed in Israel at the time and Jewish friends living there surprised me with the newspaper (image). The ad appeared when US President Obama visited the state of Israel before Passover. Internationally, the ad appeared full-page on the back of the magazine or on the back of a title page. I had not expected the size of the ad and the placement on the front pages. The joy was great.
The text of the ad „The opposite of the Holocaust is in a sense the idea of Jerusalem” reflects the message embodied by the Jerusalem Friedensmal. In the context of a civilization break, the "idea of Jerusalem" is remembered. So it's more than a memorial to the pain of the past. It's about living, Chai - even in the German-Jewish relations - in the present! It's about living what was learned from a dark past.
Note: The "Jerusalem Peace Memorial" from the ad was the English translation of the German name "Jerusalem Friedensmal". Today I no longer use this English translation. Also for the international Website I now use the original German name "Jerusalem Friedensmal". Reasons: 1.) This monument is not a memorial. It's not about the memory of a "Jerusalem" that has been lost. It is still there, but often hidden. 2.) The German name "Friedensmal" gives the indication, that the monument is connected with Germany. - The Jerusalem Friedensmal in Bensheim consists of the Friedensmal in a Garden of Freedom and the Stone of Encounter at its border.
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