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Making peace? Nobel Laureates of the 1970s
International scientific symposium

Date: 9. December 2021, 1 p.m. – 6.30 p.m.
Location: Handwerkskammer Lübeck, Breite Str. 10/12, 23552 Lübeck & Livestream

What do Willy Brandt and Andrei Sakharov have in common? What do they have in common with Henry Kissinger, Le Duc Tho or Anwar as-Sadat and Menachim Begin? And with the Irish women Mairead Corrigan and Betty Williams or with Amnesty International? They were all awarded the Nobel Prize in the 1970s for their peace policies. But what idea of peace and conflict regulation was associated with these awards? How were the decisions of the Oslo Committee perceived and discussed in politics and society?

In biographical sketches, selected laureates are introduced and their commitment to peace policy is
Their commitment to peace policy in different conflicts and regions will be analysed – with the aim of examining processes of change and further developments in the understanding of peace and, at the same time, determining the impact and perception of the Nobel Peace Prize in more detail.


from 12.30 p.m.
Reception with coffee

1 p.m.
Welcome and introduction
Dieter Dowe (Bonn)
Bettina Greiner (Lübeck)

1.15 p.m.
Panel 1: Visionaries of peace?
Willy Brandt (1971) – Benedikt Schönborn (Wien)
Andrej Dmitrijewitsch Sacharow (1975) – Irina Scherbakowa (Moskau)
Moderation: Wolfgang Schmidt (Berlin)

2.30 p.m.
coffee break

2.45 p.m.
Panel 2: From warmongers to peacebuilders?
Henry Kissinger/Le Duc Tho (1973) – Bernd Greiner (Lübeck)
Anwar as-Sadat/Menachim Begin (1978) – Dan Meridor (Tel Aviv)
Moderation: Kristina Meyer (Berlin)

Lecture in English

4 p.m.
coffee break

4.30 p.m.
Panel 3: Pax in praxi?
Mairead Corrigan/Betty Williams (1976) – Corinna Hauswedell (Bonn)
Amnesty International (1977) – Frank Bösch (Potsdam)
Moderation: Bernd Rother (Berlin)

5.45 p.m.
Jan Eckel (Tübingen)

6 p.m.
Final discussion

6.30 p.m.
End and refreshments

Subject to change.

Admission free.

Participation in the symposium at the Handelskammer is only possible by prior registration by phone 0451-122 4250, email or via online registration form here. The current hygiene regulations apply.

The symposium will be broadcast simultaneously as a livestream on the Foundation’s YouTube channel. You can join the discussion via the live chat on YouTube or Twitter at @BWBStiftung.

The Foundation regularly organizes conferences on contemporary history with German and international cooperation partners. The focus is not only on important topics and aspects of Willy Brandt’s political work, but also on central historical events and issues that are being addressed by current research.

Since 1998, 23 conferences have taken place in Germany, Europe, the USA and Asia, organized by the Foundation or with its participation.

The Foundation also pursues a comprehensive scientific programme accompanying the events marking the 50th anniversary of Willy Brandt’s chancellorship (1969–1974). On important historical anniversaries, half-day conferences are planned .

Online-Konferenz: Versöhnungspolitik – Ein Weg zur Wiederannäherung nach zwischenstaatlichen Konflikten?
Thursday, December 1o, 2020

Digital Conference: Innere Einheit – Ein (un)erreichbares Ziel?
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Dr. Bernd Rother

Research Associate and Deputy Director

Dr. Wolfgang Schmidt

Research Associate

Dr. Bettina Greiner

Head of the Willy-Brandt-Haus Lübeck

Dr. Kristina Meyer

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

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