Peace Pals Art Exhibition Inauguration entitled “Hiroshima” in Hannover, GERMANY

August 4, 2015

The exhibition was held in the very impressive Town Hall of Hannover organized by the Japanese-German Friendship Circle of Hannover.

The guests of honor were the Japanese consul of Hamburg:  Mr. Takao Anzawa, Ambassador of Japan for Germany, Ambassador S.E. Takeshi Nakane, from Berlin, Mayor of Hannover, Mr. Thomas Hermann and Vice Chairperson of the Region Hannover, Mrs. Angelika Walther.

Founder andChairperson of German Japanese Friendship Circle Mr Thürnau

Founder andChairperson of German Japanese Friendship Circle Mr Thürnau

The World Peace Prayer Society  was mentioned as guest of honor.

Ambassador Nakane thanked The World Peace Prayer Society (WPPS) for providing the art exhibition.

Dagmar Berkenberg, WPPS  guided Ambassador Nakane to the Art Exhibition.

He looked very carefully at each piece of artwork and was most impressed by a heartfelt letter from a German girl to the children of Hiroshima.


In their speeches, the German politicians mentioned the importance of Hannover as a town of peace (he also mentioned the enormous refugee issue).  I gave them both Peace Pole fliers afterwards and told them that a town of “peace” needs a Peace Pole.

Mayor of Hanover

Mayor of Hanover

The mayor said he likes the idea and will give it to the Cultural Department.

I handed out origami bookmarks, bearing the message, “May Peace Prevail On Earth” to everyone.

As the town hall attracts hundreds of tourists each day and as the exhibition is well announced (see electronic board), I have no doubt that many people will see it.  The Hannover citizens I spoke too, all agreed that Hannover needs a PEACE POLE.

For 27 years there has been a Youth Exchange going on between Hannover and Hiroshima.

May Peace Prevail with the post-generations of the Hiroshima/Nagasaki victims.

Dagmar Berkenberg, WPPS

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