An inimitable storytelling
In her novels and films, Tsitsi Dangarembga reflects the difficult relationship between tradition and modernity by using the experiences of the people of Zimbabwe. On Sunday, 24 October, she will receive the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade 2021 for her creative work and social engagement. The laudation will be given by Auma Obama.
The question of how social justice can be promoted and achieved for the individual in a society characterizes the thinking of the economic philosopher Amartya Sen, who was honored with the Peace Prize on October 18, 2020 in Frankfurt's Paulskirche. The laudation of President Frank-Walter Steinmeier was read by actor Burghart Klaußner.
The view from outside
In front of the ruins of the Frankfurt Römer: Albert Schweitzer, 1951 award winner and living in Lambarene (Africa), has always refused to be ingratiated with the Nazis. After the war, in the hope that humanity would create a world-affirming culture, he advocates a unilateral disarmament of the West.
The difficult view outside
1995 the Orientalist Annemarie Schimmel receives the Peace Prize. In the run-up to the award, there are protests because her statements about the fatwa against Salman Rushdie are misunderstood. While German President Roman Herzog warns against prejudices of any kind in the Paulskirche, there is a demonstration outside.
The Peace Prize
Since 1950, the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, the professional organisation of publishers and booksellers in the Federal Republic of Germany, has awarded the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade.
Every year since 1950, the Foundation Board of the Peace Prize has selected a personality who has made an important contribution to peace, humanity and understanding between peoples.
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The Peace Prize sees itself as an institution that encourages the prizewinners to initiate debates and point out grievances even after the award ceremony.