The Adalbert Foundation is a non-profit German foundation based in Krefeld . It was founded by the Krefeld industrialist and Senator Paul Kleinewefers (1905-2001) under the impression of the peaceful revolutions in East Central Europe in 1989 as the Kleinewefers Foundation . Due to the controversial past of the founder, it was later renamed the Adalbert Foundation. Founding board member and honorary chairman was Hans Friedrich Dickel (1928–2009).
The foundation wants to make a contribution to the spiritual and cultural growing together of all of Europe. This includes in particular the perspectives of a pan-European commonality with a special focus on Central and Eastern Europe. The foundation wants to contribute to the permanent integration of Europe.
The foundation is represented by the board of directors, which includes Hans Süssmuth , H. Dieter Gobbers and Hans Hermann Henrix . The board of directors is advised by the board of trustees, which consists of the following members: Leo Peters (chairman), Hans Hecker , Gregor Maria Hoff , Ferenc Holczer (Hungary), Marcus Optendrenk , Dieter Porschen, Wolfgang Radau, Martin Sloboda (Slovakia) and Wolfgang Teubig.
It pursues the goals of the foundation through:
- International forums
- Political dialogues
- Seminar weeks
- Awarding of the Adalbert Prizes
International Adalbert Prize
The patron saint of the award is Saint Adalbert (956–997) , who worked as a mission bishop in the present-day territories of the republics of Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary. The International Adalbert Prize is awarded to a personality who has made an outstanding contribution to the foundation's purpose. The respective award winner is selected by the international award committee consisting of representatives from the “Adalbert countries”. Currently the award committee consists of:
- Andrzej Przyłębski , Ambassador, Poland
- Henryk Muszyński , Archbishop, Poland
- Hanna Suchocka , politician, Poland
- Ján Čarnogurský , politician, Slovakia
- Peter Lizák , Ambassador, Slovakia
- František Mikloško , politician, Slovakia
- Miloslav Vlk , Cardinal, Czech Republic (until 2015)
- Dominik Duka , Cardinal, Czech Republic
- Tomás Ján Podívínský , Ambassador, Czech Republic
- Prince Karl zu Schwarzenberg , former Foreign Minister D., Czech Republic
- Peter Cardinal Erdö , Primate, Hungary
- Gábor Erdődy , politician, Hungary
- Péter Györkös , Ambassador, Hungary
The prize is currently endowed with € 10,000. In addition to the prize money, the winners receive a certificate and a medal. The award ceremony takes place in a different Adalbert country. The prize is presented to the winner by the President of the Republic.
|year||place||Award winners||Photo award winners||presented by||Laudator|
|1995||Prague||Tadeusz Mazowiecki , former Prime Minister D., Poland||Václav Havel , President, Czech Republic||Richard von Weizsäcker , former Federal President D., Germany|
|1996||Gniezno||József Antall , Prime Minister, Hungary||Aleksander Kwaśniewski , President, Poland||Hans-Dietrich Genscher , Foreign Minister , Germany|
|1997||Budapest||František Cardinal Tomášek , Prague||Árpád Göncz , President, Hungary||Michal Kováč , President, Slovakia|
|1998||Magdeburg||Franz Cardinal König , Vienna||Roman Herzog , Federal President, Germany||Miloslav Cardinal Vlk , Prague|
|1999||Bratislava||Václav Havel , President, Czech Republic||Rudolf Schuster , President, Slovakia||Kurt Biedenkopf , Prime Minister of Saxony|
|2004||Warsaw||Helmut Kohl , former Federal Chancellor D., Germany||Aleksander Kwaśniewski, President, Poland||Władysław Bartoszewski, former Foreign Minister D., Poland|
|2005||Budapest||František Mikloško, a. D.||Ferenc Mádl , President, Hungary||Katalin Szili , President of the Hungarian Parliament|
|2007||Bratislava||Władysław Bartoszewski, former Foreign Minister D., Poland||Ivan Gašparovič , President of Slovakia||Helmut Kohl, former Federal Chancellor D. Germany|
|2009||Prague||Árpád Göncz , former President of Hungary||Václav Klaus , President of the Czech Republic||František Mikloško|
|2011||Warsaw||Ján Čarnogurský||Bronisław Komorowski , President of Poland||Tadeusz Mazowiecki|
|2013||Budapest||Petr Pithart||János Áder , President of Hungary||Rudolf Chmel|
|2015||Bratislava||Hanna Suchocka||Andrej Kiska , President of Slovakia||Karel Schwarzenberg|
|2017||Berlin||Imre Kónya||Frank-Walter Steinmeier , Federal President of Germany||Gábor Erdödy|
|2019||Prague||Peter Zajak||Milos Zeman , President of the Czech Republic||František Mikloško|
Award winner 2005
The prize was awarded for the seventh time in 2005. The award was presented on June 11, 2005 by the Hungarian President Ferenc Mádl in Budapest . The 2005 award winner is František Mikloško , the former President of the Slovak National Council . The laureate, who to this day advocates the rights of minorities, has been involved in the “Church in the Underground” and in the civil rights movement for many years.
The laudation was given by Katalin Szili , President of the Hungarian National Assembly . The award-winner's speech on the occasion of the award ceremony attracted a great deal of attention, particularly in Hungary and Slovakia.
The award ceremony took place in the domed hall of the Hungarian Parliament .
2007 award winner
On June 9, 2007, the prize was awarded for the eighth time. The new prize winner is the former Polish Foreign Minister, historian and essayist Władysław Bartoszewski from Warsaw. The award was presented in Bratislava Castle by the President of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Gašparovič . The laudator and laureate of 2004, Helmut Kohl , paid tribute to his friend Bartoszewski in a very personal speech.
Prize winner 2009
The ninth prize was awarded to the former Hungarian Prime Minister Árpád Göncz. The award was presented to Kinga Göncz on June 13, 2009 in the Rudolfsgalerie in Prague Castle by the Czech President Václav Klaus , as the award winner could not be present for health reasons.
Award winner 2011
Prize winner 2013
Award winner 2015
In Bratislava on June 15, 2015, the award was presented to the Polish politician and first Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland Hanna Suchocka .
Award winner 2017
Prize winners 2019
On June 13, 2019, the prize was presented to the Slovak Peter Zajac by the Czech President Miloš Zeman in Prague. On the occasion of the award ceremony, an original brick from the Berlin Wall was handed over to Dominik Duka for the St. Vitus Cathedral .
- Hans Süssmuth: Árpád Göncz - Hungarian freedom fighter and president , 2013, ISBN 978-3-943460-39-1
- Basil Kerski: The Dynamics of Rapprochement in German-Polish Relations , 2011, ISBN 978-3-940671-66-0
- Hans Hermann Henrix: Cardinal Miloslav Vlk - a personality of European standing and a bishop of communion , 2010, ISBN 978-3-923140-09-1
- Hans Süssmuth (Ed.): Poland 2008, change of course with Donald Tusk , 2008, ISBN 978-3-940671-03-5
- Hans Hermann Henrix (Ed.): Freedom and Obligation, Poland in Europe - from the May constitution 1791 to the EU constitution , 2007, ISBN 3-923140-96-7
- Jürgen Hoffmann: Vita Adalberti Earliest text transmissions of the life story of Adalbert von Prag , 2005, ISBN 3-89861-387-9
- Hans Hecker (Ed.): Borders Societal Constitutions and Transfigurations , 2006, ISBN 3-89861-386-0
- Hans Hecker, Leo Peters, Hans Süssmuth: The International Adalbert Prize for Peace, Freedom and Cooperation in Europe Prize winners 1995–2015 , 2016 ISBN 978-3-95758-030-6
- The monument in Berlin in recognition of the contribution made by the Adalbert countries of Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary to the fall of the Wall , 2017 ISBN 978-3-95758-057-3
- foundations in Rhine-Westphalia: Adalbert Foundation. Retrieved June 27, 2019 .
- Federal Association of German Foundations: Adalbert Foundation. Retrieved June 27, 2019 .
- Homepage of the foundation
- Award ceremony 2015
- Prize Winner 2017 ( Memento from June 11, 2017 in the Internet Archive )
- File: Prague Adalbert Veitsdom 02384.tif