The Apotheosis of War

This year (2021) sees the 150th anniversary of one of the most famous and gruesome anti-war paintings of all time, The Apotheosis of War by the Russian artist Vasily Vereshchagin, a friend of Bertha von Suttner. Reproductions belong in every museum of peace and war. For the 10th conference of the International Network of Museums for Peace (INMP), held virtually in Kyoto in September 2020, Peter van den Dungen presented a paper titled Conveying the Reality of War: Vasily Vereshchagin – “The great...
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Conveying the Reality of War: Vasily Vereshchagin – “The greatest painter of the horrors of war that ever lived”

By Peter van den Dungen, 2020 Since its emergence in the early 19th century, and continuing today, the peace movement has organised countless national and international congresses. Their importance in promoting the development of a culture of peace and strengthening efforts for the prevention and abolition of war, was recognised by Alfred Nobel. In his last will and testament, signed in Paris on 27th November 1895 –  125 years ago –  he mentioned ‘the holding and promotion of peace congresses...
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Bertha von Suttner’s anti-war novel in French – Bas les armes! (1899): The late and troublesome birth of a non-bestseller

On 9 October 2020, the editors of the French literary magazine, Books, published an article about Bertha von Suttner following the announcement on the same day of that year’s laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize. However, ‘Bertha von Suttner, first woman laureate of the Nobel peace prize’,[1] is disappointing both as regards the length and content of the article. It mentions that it was the ‘radical pacifist’ (sic) who convinced Alfred Nobel to honour individuals who promoted the fraternity of peop...
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Bas les armes! (1899): The late and troublesome birth of a non-bestseller”

Bertha von Suttner’s famous anti-war novel, Die Waffen nieder! (1889), was a bestseller that was translated at the time in most European languages. However, surprisingly, it took ten years before a French edition, Bas les armes!, was published (1899). Recent French biographers of Bertha von Suttner barely acknowledge the existence of the translation. Moreover, the first reprint in more than a century of Bas les armes! (2015) is virtually silent about how the original translation and publication ...
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Georgian Bertha von Suttner Peace Prize 2020

Past August 2020, the second Georgian Bertha von Suttner Peace Prize has been awarded to Julia Khrashvili, Chairwoman of the Georgian Association of IDP Women. One of the aspects in common with the life of Bertha is the road from Sukhumi to Zugdidi, with old and recent memories of war. The Bertha von Suttner Peace Institute sent a congratulatory message
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Two Testaments Remembered – Alfred Nobel and Bertha von Suttner

On 27th November 1895, 125 years ago, Alfred Nobel wrote his last will and testament, in the Swedish-Norwegian Club in Paris. Of the five prizes for which he left a large fortune in his will, the most controversial was the one for ‘champions of peace’. This should be awarded to ‘the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses’ (1). Whereas Nobel’s testa...
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Bertha von Suttner By Supriya Vani

My hope in writing this article is to inspire women to rise up, to come to the forefront of all human affairs and help eliminate weapons from the world. Our world will know peace only when its people regard others as part of one world family, in which each member instinctively reaches out to the others with love and respect. Thus, for me, Bertha von Suttner is the laureate whose life story most demonstrates the values of the Nobel Peace Prize, which is essential for making any meaningful pro...
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New book by S.Vani, a young Bertha von Suttner Enthusiast in India

Supriya Vani is a peace activist and journalist in India, and author of the book, Battling Injustice:16 women Nobel Peace Laureates. She has interviewed several world leaders for the cause of world peace. She passionately works on the related topics of peace, gender equality, sexual violence, rape and human trafficking. Her new book on New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, based on interviews with her, was published in 2020
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Bertha von Suttner at the Peace Palace Library in The Hague

One of the largest library catalogue entries on Bertha von Suttner can be found at the Peace Palace Library in The Hague, with 205 entries. Some books are already digital available and the Bertha von Suttner Peace Institute continues to work with the Peace Palace Library on digitizing books about Bertha von Suttner. Newest entry is : Bertha von Suttner at the cradle of world peace, by Eveline Blitz. Click here for the selection of publications found at the Peace Palace Library
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