The picture shows the fest of the inauguration of the Blossom of Shalom. Numerous citizens from Bensheim-Hochstädten and the region took part.

About us / The association

The history of the association

In 1998, the idea of building a Peace Monument for Germany was born. It should not be another memorial of admonishment, but a peace monument for man, because the trauma continues when there is no effort to heal. In the year 2001, the association Friedensmal Wendepunkt (meaning of the name: peace monument as a turning point) was created, in order to bring the idea into the world as a real construction. After the implementation of the project in Berlin and Fulda failed due to lack of interest or excessive fears, finally, in southern Hessian Bensheim-Hochstädten a suitable plot for the peace monument could be purchased. It took 9 years from the preliminary political 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 to implement the project. In January 2010, the building permit was finally available and construction work started.

he construction period was 5 years, as many difficulties had to be overcome, mainly due to the private nature of the project. The inauguration of the Friedensmal within a Garden of Freedom took place on September, 27, 2015 with a school class of the Goethe Gymnasium in Bensheim and a class of its partner school in Haifa, Israel. The patron was Ms Batsheva Dagan from Israel and the guest of honor was Prof. Sigrid Jacobeit, director of the Ravensbrück Memorial. The policy was represented by the district administrator of the district Bergstraße Christian Engelhardt and the mayor of Bensheim Rolf Richter.

The Friedensmal is located in Bensheim in the Bergstraße-Odenwald Geopark, between Frankfurt on Main and Heidelberg, close to Mannheim. The project was implemented purely in civic engagement and with its own resources. Art is free! Our efforts should also be an encouragement to people to live their freedom and bring their good dreams to life. The association Friedensmal Wendepunkt is politically and religiously independent. What counts to us in the cooperation with other people and organizations is the answer to this question: do you work FOR life?

The association currently has 38 members (Statutes).


Thomas Zieringer, October 21, 2012
1. Chairman: Thomas Zieringer, Artist - Whether we discuss our own past or that of our country: Feelings of shame and guilt that become a crushing burden cannot be the answer. We require a true assumption of responsibility, which is positive and brings more peace into the world. (Contact)

Dr. Klaus Mause, Hochstaedten
2. Chairman Dr. Klaus Mause, Engineer, Bensheim-Hochstädten

Herr Arras from Bensheim
Secretary: Ludwig Arras, Locksmith (retired) and Caretaker - There are more and more things in our society that divide us. Everybody’s just thinking about themselves, constructing their own little fortress to keep others out. I would like to see more reverence in people, for each other and the creation.

Konrad Kaschek from Bensheim
Treasurer: Konrad Kaschek - I would like to give a signal and build a bridge between the past and the present. For me, it’s important to contribute to the development of our civilisation. I want to help in its development in peace and freedom.

Toni Euler from Bensheim
Proprietor, Anton Euler, Pensioner (formerly Mission of the Blind) - The idea of reconciliation appeals to me. For me, this means coming to terms with God, oneself, and our neighbours. This means breaking down prejudice and ensuring better mutual understanding, a willingness to listen to each other and accept the other as a human.

Honorary Members

Herr Karl Netzer, Heppenheim
Karl Netzer, Entrepreneur - Karl Netzer made the publication of a book by Ms Buber-Agassi on the Female Concentration Camp Ravensbrück possible. He helped our association through difficult times with his advice and support.

Dr. Pim van Lommel, Netherlands
Dr. Pim van Lommel, Wikipedia - Yes, I can agree with a 'Honorable Membership', and I feel honored, and I hope that by accepting this I can help you with your important initiative for World Peace.
In love and peace, and much success, Pim van Lommel

Linde Weiland, Germany
Linde Weiland, former Chairwoman of the Jewish Congregation of Fulda - After twenty years of heading the congregation, I am very aware of the necessity to approach each other with tolerance.


The Torah

Rivka Abir, Jerusalem, Publisher Pashutshone - Anders(!) Halt

Petra Zieringer, Bensheim
Auditor: Petra Zieringer, Graduate Economist, Managing Director - I believe in this vision and place great value on the reconciliation between people. Above all, I care deeply about the true reconciliation between Christians and Jews. Germans should do more than just talk about it, they should also start acting.

Markus S. Rabanus, Initiator of the Initiative-Dialog, Rabanus Publishing Company Berlin - “Rationality shall belong to people like love shall belong to rationality. Striving for it is what it means to live, and it will outlast its own time.”

Auditor: Ursula Pietsch, Retired Educator

Axel Goehr, Ministerial Director in pension

Christa Büttner, Nursing Service Manager

Paul Alfons Büttner, Civil Servant in Pension

Christian Strack, Graduate Industrial Engineer

Irina Sauer, Mother and Housewife

Karl Zieringer, Entrepreneur

Hendriette La Roux, Employee

Christa Kilb, Alternative Practitioner

Franz Apfel, Chairman of the BfB (local political party)

Andreas Zieringer, Graduate Computer Scientist

Margret Zieringer, Pensioner

Marlies Wank, Initiator of the self-help group "Die Quelle"

Susanne Alissa Kuphal, Speech Therapist

A. Tian, Graduatet construction engineer

Sven Amann, Musician

Marion Euler, Pensioner

Maria Mrotzek, Nursing Service

Christin Straub, Graduatet Physiotherapist

Sookja Reiss, Yoga Teacher

Nina Reiss, Singer

Harald Schneider, independent Accountant

Gosbert Wolf, Engineer

Bettina Beller, Administration and Seminars

Gerald Paar from Elmshausen

Dr. Baumann-Schiechel, Darmstadt

Deceased Honorary Members

Professor Judith Buber Agassi, Jerusalem
Prof. Judith Buber Agassi, Sociologist, Israel - Ms Prof. Buber Agassi was born on June 17th, 1924 in Germany, in the neighboring town of Heppenheim. Her grandfather, the famous religious philosopher Martin Buber, fled together with his daughter to Jerusalem in 1938 to escape Nazi persecution. She is an Israeli citizen. Ms Buber Agassi worked at the Sociology departments of renowned universities across the world.

† Auxiliary Bishop Guballa (Diocese of Mainz)

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