Bremen Peace Prize

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The Bremen Peace Award "thresholds exceed - break vicious circles" of the Foundation , the threshold will be awarded in two annual basis since 2003 (not to be confused with the Culture and Peace Award of the Villa Ichon ). The threshold was founded by the Bremen entrepreneur couple Ruth-Christa and Dirk Heinrichs.

The prize is awarded to people, initiatives and projects who distinguish themselves through contributions in the areas of reconciliation, human rights , overcoming racism , social justice , preservation of creation , intercultural or interreligious understanding . The selection is made by the Schwelle Foundation in Bremen.

The prize is awarded in the following three categories:

  • Unknown peace worker
  • Exemplary initiatives that have made a particular contribution to justice, peace and the integrity of creation
  • Individuals who, as public figures (journalists, politicians, scientists, etc.), have made an outstanding contribution to public discussion in the sense of justice, peace and the integrity of creation.

Each category is endowed with 5,000 euros.

Patron of the Peace Prize was until 2011 Bremen former mayor Hans Koschnick , since 2013, Bremen Mayor Karoline Linnert screen wife of the Bremen Peace Award.

Award winners


  • Olga Karatch from Belarus has been honored as a grassroots peace worker because she is the founding of a civil rights network that works to hold politicians accountable.
  • Women Wage Peace from Israel was honored as an encouraging initiative , which works for a peace settlement in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians .
  • Vilma Nuñez de Escorsia has been honored as an ambassador for peace in public life because she has been committed to the enforcement of human rights in Nicaragua for many years .



  • Prize for the Unknown Peace Worker: Farah Abdullahi Abdi, Somali blogger who fled his homeland as a teenager, as he was facing criminal prosecution there because of his homosexuality. Now he lives in Malta and stands up for refugee rights .
  • Prize for exemplary initiatives: Adopt a Revolution , which support civil society engagement in Syria despite the terror of war and IS attacks .
  • Award for public service for justice, peace and the integrity of creation: The Irish mediator Mary Montague, who mediated for decades in the Northern Ireland conflict and in other conflict regions worldwide.


Natalia Sarapura. Andreas and Anna von Bernstoff, Reinhard Jung (Die schwelle Foundation), Anjum Mattu and Imran Anjum (Insan Dost), Karoline Linnert (Bremen's Mayor and Patron of the Peace Prize) v. l. No.
  • Prize for the stranger peace worker: Natalia Sarapura, Kolla Indigenous from Argentina, for human rights and culture-strengthening education of the indigenous population.
  • Exemplary Initiative Award: Insan Dost Association for their fight against debt bondage and for human rights in Pakistan .
  • Prize for public work for justice, peace and the preservation of creation: Andreas and Anna von Bernstoff for their work against nuclear power and the planned Gorleben nuclear waste storage facility .


Franz Jentschke (Director of the Comprehensive School East), Vahidin Omanovic, Shreen Abdul Saroor, Joachim Barloschky (District Manager Tenever), Albert Schmitt (Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie), Reinhard Jung (Die schwelle Foundation) (from left to right)
  • Prize for the unknown peace worker: Vahidin Omanović for reconciliation work and peacebuilding in Bosnia-Herzegovina .
  • Prize for exemplary initiatives: You always have a choice of a district project in Osterholz (Bremen) . The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen , the comprehensive school Bremen-Ost and many residents and initiatives in the disadvantaged international Bremen district Osterholz-Tenever received the award for their commitment, which (also) leads to major musical projects.
  • Public service award for justice, peace and the integrity of creation: Shreen Abdul Saroor for reconciliation and women's rights in Sri Lanka .


  • Prize for the Unknown Peace Worker: Susan Gilbey for her work on behalf of refugees and Aborigines in Australia.
  • Prize for exemplary initiatives: Animus and Pulse Foundation for their commitment against forced prostitution and trafficking in women in Bulgaria.
  • Prize for public work for justice, peace and the integrity of creation: Bishop Rubin Phillip for justice in South Africa, from AIDS education to refugee aid to engagement against arms delivery.


  • Prize for the unknown peace worker: Bassam Aramin, Palestine , for his reconciliation work in the Middle East.
  • Prize for exemplary initiatives: The Colombian organization Conciudadanía ( civil rights for all ). Another 25 initiatives received a prize for best practice , e. B. the Christian-Islamic Working Group Marl .
  • Prize for public work for justice, peace and the integrity of creation: Wolfgang Kessler, economist and social scientist, publicist and editor-in-chief of the journal Publik-Forum . For over 20 years he has been referring to lectures and books such as B. Money and Conscience (as a co-author) or in 2004 in World Quakes - ways out of the globalization trap position for a more just economic order that serves people - and not the other way around.


Reinhard Jung (chairman of the threshold foundation), Pastor James Wuye, Barbara Gladysch, Imam Muhammad Ashafa, Wassilij Nesterenko, Roswitha Jarman (from left to right)
  • Prize for the "unknown peace worker ": The British Quaker Roswitha Jarman and the German Barbara Gladysch for their commitment to traumatized children from Chechnya
  • Prize for exemplary initiatives: The Interfaith Mediation Center in Kaduna , Nigeria . Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye, formerly mortal enemies, are committed to reconciliation between Muslims and Christians
  • The atomic physicist Wassilij Nesterenko from Minsk , who informed the Belarusian population about the dangers of the consequences of the Chernobyl catastrophe in the face of strong political repression


  • Prize for the "Unknown Peace Worker": Weronika Sakowska (refugee aid in Rwanda)
  • Award for exemplary initiatives: Parents Circle (reconciliation work in the Middle East)
  • Prize for public work for justice, peace and the integrity of creation: Hans-Christof von Sponeck (resistance against the Iraq war )

Application and selection process

The international selection process opens every two years in mid-November. Everyone is entitled to submit an application to the Schwelle Foundation . The application deadline is January 31st. The Foundation's Board of Trustees selects 13 people and organizations from the applications for the shortlist , which is published. The three winners will be selected from these. The winners will be published in September and the award will be publicly awarded in November in Bremen's town hall .


  • Detlef Bald (Ed.): Crossing thresholds. Peace work and peace research. Festschrift Dirk Heinrichs. Klartext, Essen 2005, ISBN 3-89861-479-4 (including: on the history of the foundation).

Web links

Commons : Bremen Peace Prize  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b!5053830/ from November 28, 2013, available on December 27, 2019.
  2., accessed on December 27, 2019.
  3., We mourn Hans Koschnick , accessed on December 28, 2019.
  4. Senate Press Office Bremen on January 13, 2015 , accessed on December 28, 2019.
  5. a b Weser-Kurier dated November 29, 2013 , accessed on December 28, 2019.
  6., Peace Prize 2019, accessed on January 27, 2020.
  7., Peace Prize 2017, accessed on January 27, 2020.
  8. Radio Bremen on September 17, 2015, 1:03 pm, Bremen Peace Prize 2015 Blogger, mediator and initiative honored ( Memento from March 4, 2016 in the Internet Archive )
  9., Peace Prize 2007, accessed on December 28, 2019.
  10. Bartholomäus Grill: NIGERIA: Missionaries for Peace . In: Der Spiegel . No. 8 , 2014 ( online - February 17, 2014 ).