Remembrance of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Ludwig Quidde in Geneve
2013 – Federal President Joachim Gauck honored Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Ludwig Quidde
As part of his two days visit to Geneva, dedicated to the topic of human rights, the Federal President of Germany Joachim Gauck layed down a wreath at the grave of the German Nobel Peace Prize Laureate of 1927 Ludwig Quidde at the Cimetière des Rois on February 25th 2013.
“I did not know anything about him”, admitted Joachim Gauck after the ceremony according to a newspaper report. It must be regretted that Quidde has never been fully included into the culture of collective memory in Germany and has almost completely fallen into oblivion. “It is a shame”, Gauck stated.
The Federal President pointed out, that it was the Kanton of Geneva taking care that the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate of 1927 received a dignifying memorial. So far, a comparable site does not exist in Germany.
Prof. Dr. Michael Brzoska, chairman of the Ludwig Quidde Foundation, took also part in the ceremony. On this occasion he presented the biography of Quidde, written by the historian Karl Holl, to Joachim Gauck. Furthermore, he outlined the aims and activities of the Foundation making a special reference to the Ludwig Quidde Award that recalls the life and work of Ludwig Quidde. The Federal President encouraged the Foundation to continue its efforts to commemorate the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Ludwig Quidde.