The German fortress of Augsburg celebrated its unique nationwide holiday on Saturday. During the “High Peace Festival”, the winners of the Augsburg Peace Prize were also announced.
Augsburg (dpa / lby) – Together with Heinrich Bedford-Strohm and Reinhard Cardinal Marx, two laureates have been selected for the Augsburg Peace Prize this year. “Two personalities who do not draw attention to the differences, but highlight what they have in common,” Mayor Eva Weber (CSU) said at the peace festival on Saturday.
The Archbishop of Munich and Freising, Cardinal Marx, called the award “a real encouragement”. Protestant regional bishop Bedford-Strohm said: “We are far from the end”. The path of ecumenism must be continued. The prize, endowed with 12,500 euros, will be awarded on October 10.
The prize is awarded every three years and went to former Soviet statesman Mikhail Gorbachev (2005) and former Federal President Richard von Weizsäcker (1994). Most recently, in 2017, was Martin Junge, the general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation in Geneva.
The “High Peace Festival” is a unique trip nationwide. As it fell on a Saturday this year and most offices were closed anyway, fewer workers than usual were given the extra day off. The sellers of the stores, which are normally open on Saturdays, were however satisfied. The residents of Augsburg have the most public holidays in the Federal Republic due to their legally anchored Peace Festival.
The feast dates back to 1650. At that time, the Protestants of Augsburg celebrated for the first time their equality with the Catholic Church, formulated in the Peace of Augsburg (1555) and in the Peace of Westphalia (1648). The “High Peace Festival” has been a public holiday since 1950.
On the occasion of the Peace Festival, 23 activists from the Augsburg climate camp demonstrated in front of the factory of the Airbus Premium Aerotec subsidiary, which also produces components for the Bundeswehr Eurofighter. Activist Sarah Bauer explained: “We want to raise awareness of the role Augsburg plays in arming active wars and that this is not compatible with a climate-friendly city of peace.”