Woods of Peace

Friedenswald (Woods of Peace)

In remembrance of the civilians and soldiers who were killed in World War II as well as those displaced from their home and initiated by Ben Wargin, Gernot Schmidt, Eberhard Grashoff, and Martin Stade, the first woods of peace were planted in 1991 on Krugberg near Seelow. In subsequent years, further woods of peace were planted on former war scenes in Górzyca (Poland), Brest (Belarus) and Moscow (Russia), thus turning former places of death into locations of living remembrance.

Friedenswald youth encounters
The Schloss Trebnitz Centre for Education and Encounters is the curator of Friedenswald, leading numerous international youth encounters in its spirit.  Thus, the woods of peace have been growing into living symbols of watchfulness and reconciliation and have been creating spaces for encounters for current and future generations for more than 20 years.

20 years of Friedenswald
On 2 April 2011, the Friedenswald’s 20th anniversary was celebrated on Krugberg near Seelow. Many guests took part in the festivities, including young people from Germany and Poland, but also, (left to right) the Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus, Mr Levanovich, the District Administrator of the district of Gorzów, Mr Kruczkowski, the Polish Embassy Secretary, Ms Wustinger, the Mayor of the town of Seelow, Mr Schröder, the District Administrator of the district of Märkisch-Oderland, Mr Schmidt, the Ambassador of the Ukraine, Ms Zarudna, the President of the State Parliament, Mr Fritsch, the Ambassador of Russia, Mr Grinin, the former Prime Minister of Brandenburg Mr Stolpe as well as several members of the Bundestag and  the federal parliaments and many citizens.

Friedenswald bei Moskau 1995  Friedenswald bei Seelow 1991  Friedenswald bei Gorzyca 1993  Friedenswald in Brest 1994  20 Jahre Friedenswald 2011  Logo des Friedenswalds