War Resisters' International receives Friedrich-Siegmund Schultze award to support nonviolent activities


Award ceremony in Speyer, Germany, on 28 September

War Resisters' International has received the Friedrich-Siegmund Schultze[1] award to support nonviolent activities in 2004. The award, which is given irregularly by the Evangelische Arbeitsgemeinschaft zur Betreuung der Kriegsdienstverweigerer (Protestant working Group for the support of conscientious objectors - EAK), is given to support "good deeds in the field of peacemaking, and to raise public awareness for organisations and individuals who practice resistance to violence and encourage others to act for peace". The award was presented to WRI during a public award ceremony in the Heiliggeistkirche in Speyer in Germany. The award was given to the German organisation Connection e.V., which fights for the right to asylum for conscientious objectors, in 2001, and to the Israeli refusers organisation Yesh Gvul in 1998.

War Resisters' International receives this award especially for its work on conscientious objection, which is the main focus of its The Right to Refuse to Kill Programme. The work ranges from lobbying international institutions such as the United Nations, to direct support and cooperation with local groups of conscientious objectors. An important part of WRI's work on conscientious objection is the co-alert email system, which alerts the public in case of imprisonment or danger of imprisonment of conscientious objectors.

Andreas Speck, WRI CO Campaigning Worker


[1] The award is named after Friedrich Siegmund Schultze. * 14.06.1885 Görlitz, † 11.07.1969 Soest, Theologian.
1908 after his philosophy and theology studies S. S. became Adjunkt at the Royal Domstift in Berlin and 1910/ 11 Minister of the Peace Church in Potsdam. From 1911 on he did social work in workers quarters in eastern Berlin.
In World War I he became one the founders of the World Alliance for the International Peace work of the Churches and the International Fellowship of Reconciliation. 1917/ 1918 he was the first Director of the Berlin youth welfare office and from 1926 he lectured at the University of Berlin. After the Nazis came into power S. S. was forced to emigrate to Switzerland. In 1946 he returned to Germany, lectured as professor for social ethics and social pedagogy at the University of Muenster and became Director of Institute of Social pedagogy. S.- S. was active against rearmament and prepared the laws on conscientious objection. From 1958 to 1968 he led the Ecumenical Archive in Soest which he had co-founded.

Index to HTML and PDF documents

  1. DE Laudatio speech Dr Christof Demke, retired bishop and chair of EAK (HTML)

  2. EN Speech accepting the Friedrich-Siegmund Schultze Award by Joanne Sheehan, WRI Chair (HTML)

  3. DE Rede zur Annahme des Friedrich Siegmund-Schultze-Förderpreises von Joanne Sheehan, Vorsitzende der WRI (HTML)

  4. DE media pack and list of speakers (PDF)

  5. DE Excerpts from official greetings (HTML)

  6. Official greetings (all in PDF, in the attachments)
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