Title pages of Jerusalem Post and HaAretz
The first stage in the development of theJerusalem Peace Memorial was the construction of the Circle of Peace with the Rose of Shalom in Bensheim, Germany. On March 22, 2013, it was inaugurated with an ad in Israeli newspapers. I was in Safed in Israel at the time and Jewish friends living there surprised me with the newspaper (picture). 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 counted on the size of the ad and the placement on the front pages. The joy was great.
The ad shows the Rose of Shalom. It was in Jerusalem, that it was publicly presented for the first time. 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 Peace Memorial. 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 life - even in the German-Jewish relations - in the present. It's about what was learned from a dark past.
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