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October 17, 2017

Inter-religious Inauguration of the GROVE OF FLIGHT (Documentation, Video).

Oktober 5, 2017

Concert in honor of the Austrian composer Walter Arlen (97; fled to the United States in 1939) to which Alpine Peace Crossing had invited to the concert hall. His lyrical high-song cantata “The Song of Songs” was first performed in Vienna. Conducted by conductor Christian Schulz, the Wiener Symphoniker / Vienna Singing Academy / Anna Huntley, mezzo-soprano / Daniel Johannsen, tenor / Damian Thantrey, impressed baritone with a fine performance. Walter Arlen was visibly happy about the sold-out hall.

June 30, 2017

Also this year, the annual general meeting took place in Saalfelden, to which all members of APC were invited. There were past events and projects, as well as coming, the dismissal and reappointment of the Board and the General Secretariat and the financial situation of the association discussed.

June 22-25, 2017

The 11th Alpine Peace Crossing with State President Alexander Van der Bellen and events in Saalfelden, Krimml and Kasern (South Tyrol) was a festival of superlatives. Please see the pictures included in the German report.

May 17, 2017

The Ceremony in the RadioKulturhaus Vienna was a great success. Here you see ex-Chanceller Franz Vranitzky giving his opening speech.

February 4, 2016

GIVEAWAY  DANCE “E-MOTION  FOR  REFUGEES” – Program.

translations are done according to the availability of voluntary ressources

27. Jänner 2016

30 Jahre Kulturarbeit von TAURISKA und Leopold Kohr®-Akademie : beim Mediengespräch in der Universität Salzburg präsentieren Hans Nerbl, stv. Vorsitzender von Alpine Peace Crossing  und Muamer Kebic vom Musikum Salzburg das APC Musik-Projekt 20.16  als Kooperationsprojekt mit dem Land Salzburg.

23. Jänner 2016

Die APC-Trommler der Gruppe DRUMBOCK gaben beim  Ball der Salzburger Universität der eine fulminante 20-Minuten-Show als Mitternachtseinlage im Carabinieri-Saal der Residenz Salzburg. Leider konnte dem Wunsch des Ballpublikums nach einer Zugabe aufgrund der strengen zeitlichen Vorgabe durch die Ballorganisation nicht entsprochen werden.

Anbei ein paar Bilder der Veranstaltung (zum Vergrößern anklicken):

 Uni_Ball_2016_1  Uni_Ball_2016_2  Uni_Ball_2016_3

22. Jänner 2016

Michael Mooslechner schreibt einen Leserbrief  an die Salzburger Nachrichten: “Waffenexporte besteuern, um die Integration zu finanzieren”.

4. Jänner 2016

In der heutigen STANDARD-Online Ausgabe erscheint unter dem Titel “Besteuert die Waffenexporte” eine Analyse der globalen Flüchtlingskrise, in der Ernst Löschner u.a. die Europa- und weltweite Einführung einer 10 %-igen Sondersteuer auf Waffenexporte und in Österreich die Schaffung eines eigenen Ministeriums (BMfFIME) vorschlägt, in dem die miteinander verzahnten Agenden Flüchtlingshilfe, Integration, Migration und Entwicklungszusammenarbeit gebündelt sind.
Die Langfassung dieser Analyse finden Sie hier.

23. Dezember 2015

Für “Salzburg 20!6” wurde APC von der Salzburger Landesregierung am 27.11.15 als Partner für das Projekt “APC Integrations- und Sensibilisierungsprogramm mit Flüchtlingen” ausgewählt. Für APC ist dies eine besondere Auszeichnung. Die Projektkosten werden je zur Hälfte zwischen der Salzburger Landesregierung und APC geteilt. Die Vorbereitungsarbeiten zur Umsetzung seitens APC sind voll im Gang. Mit heutigem Tag wird das Infoblatt über die Programminhalte  (mit den Logos aller Projektpartner) auf unsere Homepage gestellt.

16. Dezember 2015

Die neue APC-Homepage wird produktiv gesetzt. Eine Online-Spendenmöglichkeit über PayPal ist verfügbar. Einige Informationen, die auf der alten APC-Homepage enthalten waren, sind gesichert und sollen sukzessive  ergänzt werden.

7. Dezember 2015

Der Roman “Staubzunge” von Hanna Sukare (vgl. September 2015 in dieser Chronik) wurde auf die “Shortlist” der Rauriser Literaturtage gesetzt https://service.salzburg.gv.at/lkorrj/Index?cmd=detail_ind&nachrid=55797.

20. November 2015

Bei der Ordentlichen Generalversammlung wird u.a. über die APC-Syrienhilfe, die Projekte Salzburg 20.16 und die Planung für APC 2015 berichtet (vgl. GV-Protokoll). Es werden auch die Ehrenmitgliedschaft von Moshe Talit und eine Statutenänderung beschlossen, die weitere Hilfeleistungen für APC ermöglicht ( z.B. auch für ein Katastrophenprojekt in Nepal zum Wiederaufbau einer Erdbeben-zerstörten Volksschule für 100 Kinder).

30. Oktober 2015

Willi Svoboda und Manfred Schwab beginnen, die neue Homepage aufzubauen. Diese soll auch eine Online-Spendenmöglichkeit enthalten.

21. Oktober – 15. November 2015

In der Jan Arnold Gallery (Sebastian Schager) im Museumsquartier in Wien findet die Aktion YES_SYR des syrischen Künstlers Osama El-Siamant statt ( siehe MQ-Homepage / yessyr). Zwei Drittel der Spendenerlöse kommen der APC- Flüchtlingshilfe zugute. Rainer Prohaska hat auf APC-Facebook über die Eröffnungsfeier berichtet.

21. September 2015

Für die von APC gemeinsam mit “Artists for Syria” konzipierten Syrienprojekte konnte ein Gesamtvolumen von 66.000 € zur Verfügung gestellt werden. Diesbezüglich haben AfS und APC gemeinsam zwei Schwerpunktprojekte beschlossen:

Hinsichtlich der Nothilfe für Binnenflüchtlinge verfügt die österreichische Hilfsorganisation „Liga für emanzipatorische Entwicklungszusammenarbeit“ (LeEZA) über wertvolle Kontakte zu einem Frauenzentrum in Amude in Nord-Syrien, das sehr gut einschätzen kann, wer Hilfe besonders dringend benötigt.

Für Familienzusammenführungen in Österreich wurde von APC eine Vereinbarung mit dem Österreichischen Roten Kreuz abgeschlossen.

Nähere Details dazu entnehmen Sie bitte dem Schlussbericht von Ernst Löschner.

8. September 2015

Im Otto Müller Verlag Salzburg erscheint der Debut-Roman “Staubzunge” von Hanna Sukare (siehe Homepage Otto Müller Verlag), dessen Entstehung und Veröffentlichung einen Bezug auch zu APC aufweist. Die Autorin hat bereits zwei Mal an den APC-Friedenswanderungen teilgenommen, und der Text des Buches endet mit einer Szene in Krimml. Aber auch die Verlegung des Buches hat mit APC zu tun, wie uns der Historiker Michael Mooslechner informierte: “2011 haben Hanna Sukare und der Salzburger Photograph Fritz Lorber beim Abstieg in das Ahrntal über den unveröffentlichten Text gesprochen und Lorber hat um das Manuskript gebeten, um es nach eingehender Lektüre dem Verleger Arno Kleibel (Otto Müller Verlag) zu empfehlen. Dieser war sofort begeistert und hat es im Herbst 2015 herausgebracht.”

29. Juli 2015

In der Online-Zeitung “Standard.at” erscheint Ernst Löschners Artikel “Österreichs Asylpolitik ist kein Ruhmesblatt” mit dem Untertitel “In Europa dürfen Asylsuchende arbeiten, Österreich hinkt, wieder einmal, hintennach”.

1. Juli 2015

Das 9. APC hat vom 26.-27. Juni 2015 stattgefunden. Ernst Löschner und Hans Nerbl haben darüber ausführlich berichtet.

Eine gute Zusammenfassung davon findet sich auch im Bericht der Südtiroler Tageszeitung “Dolomiten” vom 30. Juni 2015.

Michael Kerblers Eröffnungsreferat zum Friedensdialog enthielt neben fundierten Informationen zur Steigerung der Flüchtlingszahlen die Botschaft: “Wir dürfen nicht gleichgültig werden, sondern wir sind aufgerufen zu helfen. Europa ist aufgerufen nicht gleichgültig zu sein, sondern den bedürftigen Flüchtlingen beizustehen.”

12. Juni 2015

Am 12. Juni 2015 wurde im Burgtheater (Kasino Schwarzenbergplatz) ein Benefizabend gestaltet, organisiert von “Artists for Syria” (AfS), dessen Reinerlös für Notsituationen betreffend Syrien verwendet wird. Diesbezüglich haben AfS und APC gemeinsam zwei Schwerpunktprojekte beschlossen:

Hinsichtlich der Nothilfe für Binnenflüchtlinge verfügt die österreichische Hilfsorganisation „Liga für emanzipatorische Entwicklungszusammenarbeit“ (LeEZA) über wertvolle Kontakte zu einem Frauenzentrum in Amude in Nord-Syrien, das sehr gut einschätzen kann, wer Hilfe besonders dringend benötigt.

Für Familienzusammenführungen in Österreich wurde von APC eine Vereinbarung mit dem Österreichischen Roten Kreuz abgeschlossen.

APC hat sich intensiv bemüht, für diese Notprojekte ein möglichst hohes Spendenvolumen zu generieren. In Summe konnten in Zusammenarbeit mit AfS 66.000 € über LeEZA und ÖRK den Flüchtlingen zur Verfügung gestellt werden, wie im Spendenschlussbericht unseres Vorsitzenden festgehalten.

Eines der Highlights des Benefizabends am 12. Juni war ein Auftritt des Piano-Duos Ferhan & Ferzan Önder. Von ihrem “Libertango” von Astor Piazzolla haben wir (mit ausdrücklicher Zustimmung der Künstlerinnen) einen Mitschnitt auf YouTube gestellt.

10. Juni 2015

Im STANDARD erschien ein bemerkenswerter Artikel Flüchtlinge: EU-Solidarität statt Neobiedermeier von Andreas Stadler, dessen Tenor voll im Einklang mit dem Schwerpunktthema (Flüchtlinge und Europa) des diesjährigen Friedensdialogs beim 9. APC steht. Dr. Stadler ist seit 2007 mit APC eng verbunden. Er hat entscheidend dazu beigetragen, dass Heinz Fischer und Giorgio Napolitano, die Staatsoberhäupter von Österreich und Italien, den Ehrenschutz über das 1. APC übernommen haben.

9. Juni 2015

Unser Vorstandsmitglied Michael Kerbler hat als Reaktion auf einen Brief des Bürgermeisters von Bad Gastein einen Kommentar verfasst, den wir unseren APC-Freunden hiermit zur Kenntnis bringen. Das alles bestärkt uns in der Auffassung, zum 9. APC mit “Ungelöstes Flüchtlingsproblem – Unsolidarisches Europa” das richtige Thema gewählt zu haben.

5. Juni 2015

In den Oberösterreichischen Nachrichten erscheint ein Artikel von Alois Peham, im dem die 9. APC Friedenswanderung angekündigt wird.

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[h3]June 1, 2015[/h3]
We thank the Salzburg Cinema Culture Centre “[linke]https://www.daskino.at/[as]Das Kino[/link]” for showing our short promotional film about this year’s APC events for the whole month of June.

[h3]July 25, 2014[/h3]
Susanne Glass and Katharina Steinwendtner reported on the German broadcasting corporation “ARD” about the 8th APC. The report went online on July 25 [linke]https://blog.br.de/studio-wien/2014/07/25/101-jaehriger-erinnert-an-alpen-exodus/[as](Blog of the ARD Studio Vienna)[/link]. Marko Feingold was interviewed as well as Friedl Geissler, who told about his grandmother supporting the refugees in 1947 when they arrived at the Krimmler Tauernhaus.

[h3]June 27-28, 2014[/h3]
[b]The 8th Alpine Peace Crossing 2014[/b]started on Friday, 27 June 2014 with the Krimml Peace Dialogue, which focused on the situation of Syrian refugees.

The panel discussion, moderated by Michael Kerbler, featured:
♦ Martina Berthold – representative of the provincial government
♦ Christine Enzinger – manager of two refugee homes in Saalfelden
♦ Anny Knapp – chairwoman of “Asylkoordination Österreich”
♦ Akram Hasu – advisor and interpreter for Syrian refugees

The APC Peace Hike on Saturday was attended by 182 participants and 3 TV-stations: ARD, Puls 4 and a team from South Tyrol did some shots at the Windbachalm.

There are two reports of the event (both in German language, but with some photographs):
– [asset]1223.pdf[as]report by Hans Nerbl[/asset] (taking organiser’s view)
– [asset]1222.pdf[as]report by Regine Kappeler[/asset] (taking refugee’s view)

[h3]June 20, 2014[/h3]
The essay „[asset]1245.pdf[as]From Palestine to the Pinzgau[/asset]“ by Ernst Löschner and Hans Dieter Nerbl appears in the local Pinzgau magazine „Platzhirsch“ as a contribution to the local history.

[h3]April 28, 2014[/h3]
Today a broad alliance of NGOs from different EU Member States has sent an [asset]1209.pdf[as]open letter[/asset] to the President of the European Commission Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Parliament Martin Schultz as well as to the Justice and Home Affairs Council of the EU. It calls for immediate action to save lives and to create a decent European asylum system. More than 30 organizations are participating in the initiative.

In the open letter, the human rights organizations warn against the disastrous consequences of the lack of solidarity in asylum issues in Europe. The appeal made to the responsible European and national politicians is about creating legal escape routes to Europe, about the necessity of saving human lives as a main priority and about the urgency of ensuring decent standards in the treatment of asylum seekers. The inhumane and absurd deportation of people across Europe – keyword: Dublin system – has to be stopped immediately and to be replaced with a cohesive asylum system, based on solidarity.

“The treatment of refugees is the litmus test for Europe’s human maturity. The European and national policy has no right to look the other way when human life and human destinies are at stake. Finally, all of us benefit from increasing humanity and solidarity”, emphasizes Alexander Pollak, spokesman for SOS Mitmensch. “We expect that the official bodies of the EU and the European Home Affairs Ministers take the open letter seriously and understand, that action must be taken now”, says Pollak.

[h3]June 28-29, 2013[/h3]
7th Alpine Peace Crossing
<ul class=”content2″><li> June 28: Opening ceremony of the National Park APC Peace Trail with [asset]1182.pdf[as]7 commemorative plates in three languages [/asset] took place at the second memorial plate close to the waterfall trail. The main subject of the follwing APC Peace Dialogue was the general situation of refugees in Austria.
</li></ul> <ul class=”content2″><li> June 29: APC Peace Hike with 171 participants. </li></ul> <ul class=”content2″></li></ul>
The Peace Hike was incomplete: due to heavy snowfalls during the previous days, the crossing of the Krimml Tauern Pass was strongly unrecommended. As a consequence the overnight stay in the Ahrn Valley and the hike back over the Birnlücke on June 30th had to be cancelled.

[h3]October 8, 2012[/h3]
Luis Durnwalder, governor of South Tyrol, was invited by Ernst Löschner to welcome participants of the APC Peace Hike 2013 at their arrival in Kasern; this is reported by the news service of the autonomous province of Bozen (Bolzano) in [linke]https://www.provinz.bz.it/lpa/285.asp?art=Press405957[as]German[/link] and in [linke]https://www.provincia.bz.it/usp/285.asp?aktuelles_action=4&aktuelles_article_id=405976[as]Italian[/link].

[h3]June 29-30 / July 1, 2012[/h3]
6th Alpine Peace Crossing
<ul class=”content2″><li>June 29: APC Peace Dialogue – dedicated to the Tibetian refugees</li></ul> <ul class=”content2″><li> June 30: 161 persons participated in the Peace Hike </li></ul> <ul class=”content2″><li> July 1: 40 participants of the Peace Hike, who have stayed overnight in the Ahrn Valley in South Tyrol, walk back on the Birnlücken-route to the Krimmler Tauernhaus. </li></ul>

[h3]June 28, 2012[/h3]
Numismatic article referencing APC

Dr. Hans Löschner, physicist, historian und numismatic expert (and brother of APC-initiator Ernst Löschner) has written an article about “pre- and post-Nazi numismatic examples in Austria” which was published under the title [asset]1165.pdf[as]”Alpine Exodus”[/asset] in the prestigious journal “The Shekel” of the American Numismatic Association. APC has received the following permission:

[i]”Permission to post this publication at the website of the Alpine Peace Crossing was given by Mel Wacks, President of the [linke]https://www.amerisrael.com[as]American Israel Numismatic Association[/link]. The title of the publication “Alpine Exodus” and page headings were shaped by Andrew Perala, Editor of The Shekel ([linke]https://www.theshekel.org/shekel.html[as]www.theshekel.org[/link]), the Journal of the American Israel Numismatic Association.” [/i]

We are grateful to AINA for this permission. At the same time we are pleased to note the recognition of Prof. Helmut Zobl, the creator of the [linki]?view=apc_gedenkmedaille&lang=en[as]APC Commemorative Medal[/link].

[h3]July 15, 2011[/h3]
It was decided that the APC Peace Dialogue 2012 will focus on the topic “Refugees from Tibet”.

[h3]July 1-3, 2011[/h3]
5th Alpine Peace Crossing
<ul class=”content2″><li>July 1: The Peace Dialogue, during which a moving memorial of Paul Rieder was delivered, was attended by approx. 250 persons. The distinguished participants in the panel discussion, Sari Hanafi, Viola Raheb, Markus Feingold and Michael Ingber, and, indeed, the graceful and highly competent moderator Mrs. Sigrid Löffler, were warmly received by the audience.</li></ul> <ul class=”content2″><li> July 2: 182 persons participated in the Peace Hike</li></ul> <ul class=”content2″><li> July 3: 39 participants of the Peace Hike, who had stayed overnight in the Ahrn Valley in South Tyrol, walked back on the Birnlücken-route to the Krimmler Tauernhaus. </li></ul>
Peter de Bruin composed a report on the event, and Hans Nerbl filmed and edited an extensive feature on the Dialogue evening as well as on the Crossing and return, available on DVDs.

The APC was also featured in various press releases, in particular in an article in the „Dolomiten“.

[h3]June 27-30, 2011[/h3]
At the opening session of the Filmweek inaugural messages were delivered by Palestinian and Jewish dignitaries, with a panel discussion featuring the distinguished guests, artist Mr. Marwan Abado and journalist and editor Mr. Eric Frey following the film-showing. At the closing session the film was followed by a panel discussion by experts: Mrs. Viola Raheb, Prof. Sari Hanafi, Mr. Eric Frey, and Mr. Michael Ingber. Both evenings were superbly moderated by Hans Nerbl, with active participation from the audience during the question and answer period. Unfortunately, our attempts to recruit school classes to view the films in matiné sessions did not bear fruit.

[h3]June 27, 2011[/h3]
ORF 1 interviews Ernst Löschner and reports on APC in the radio program „Kulturjournal“.

[h3]June 24, 2011[/h3]
Ernst Löschner composes his thoughts on the APC theme „the Palestinian Refugees“ and on the Middle East conflict in general. This commentary can be viewed on the APC website, along with Hans Nerbl´s documentary presentation of the subject, entitled „Zwischen allen Fronten“ („Between All Fronts“) which is based on material published by UNRWA.

[h3]June 20, 2011[/h3]
APC, represented by Ernst Löschner, Hans Nerbl and Michael Kerbler, holds a press conference at the Metro Cinema, a report about which is issued by APA (Austrian Press Agency).

[h3]June 18-19, 2011[/h3]
In the Viennese daily newspaper „Der Standard“ the „Album“ supplement features an article on APC entitled “Über Stock und Stein” (“Over Staff and Stone”), written by Michael Kerbler, on its first two pages. This in turn prompts the well-known documentary filmmaker Ruth Beckermann to cover the APC 2011 in Krimml with a film crew.

[h3]June 6, 2011[/h3]
The Federal Ministry for Finance approves our application for support and issues a „Notification of Donation“ (“Spendenbegünstigungsbescheid“) according to the regulations (§ 4a Z 3 lit. a) and (4 lit. a EStG 1988) with the registration number SO 2150. We set as our goal for donations to the APC Emergency Fund for 2011 the sum of 50,000 Euros and compose a letter addressed to potential supporters. APC pledges that all money donated to the APC Emergency Fund will be meted out directly to individual asylum-seekers and refugees with registration of the recipients.

[h3]May 2011[/h3]
The program for the fifth APC in Krimml is finalized. APC general secretary Susi Geiger and designer Susi Klocker combine their efforts together to produce two flyers for the APC-Filmweek in Vienna and the APC 2011 event in Krimml.

[h3]April 2011[/h3]
Peter de Bruin establishes cooperation with the Austrian Film Archives for the showing of films relating to our chosen theme, the Palestinian Refugees, at the Metro Cinema in Vienna under the title „the APC-Filmweek“. The Film Archives, along with the Kreisky Forum (“recruited” by Ernst Löschner in a talk with Gertraud Auer, the Forum´s General Secretary for International Dialogue), join with APC as official partners for this event. Two panels of highly respected experts are planned for the opening and closing sessions of the Filmweek. In consultation with Viola Raheb four films were chosen, none of which have been previously shown in Austria.

[h3]March 2011[/h3]
On March 12, 2011 the General Assembly of APC takes place, confirming the establishment of the Association as mentioned above. APC will be officially inscribed in the Association-Registry of the municipality Zell am See under the name: “APC – Alpine Peace Crossing – Association for Refugee Assistance”, based in Krimml, with offices in Krimml and Vienna. The Board of Directors will be composed of 13 members: Ernst Löschner is designated as Chairman, his four deputies being Erich Czerny, Michael Kerbler, Hans Nerbl and Irmela Steinert. Peter de Bruin serves as secretary and Julian Holleis as treasurer. Additional members of the Board are Sabine Aschauer-Smolik, Regine Kappeler, Hans Kutil, Hans Lerch, Andrea Schöppl and Manfred Schwab. An APC-Peace Advisory Board is also planned. All members will serve on a voluntary basis.

[h3]January-February 2011[/h3]
APC commits itself to a more significant and active approach to the refugee issue: in the future we plan to promote the direct support of refugees and asylum-seekers, especially those in Austria, and first of all with financial means. Accordingly, we formulate anew the goals of APC (which will undergo further refinements) and decide to establish the APC as an independent association with a broad set of statutes, thus allowing it to meet the challenges it will encounter.

[h3]December 2010[/h3]
The circle of the APC Honorary Committee members has grown further
in the second half of 2009 and in 2010.
The APC Honorary Committee already comprises 161 prominent names!
It is an honour and a pleasure to welcome:

– David Brenner: Deputy Governor, Salzburg
– Geshe T. Dhargye: Monk, Director of the Tibet Center Austria
– Dimitré Dinev: Writer, Theatre- and Scriptwriter, Vienna
– Toyoko Hattori: Violin Prof., Hattori Foundation, Vienna/London
– Michael Kerbler: ORF, Vienna
– Hanno Loewy: Director Jewish Museum, Hohenems
– Barbara Prammer: First President of the Austrian National Council, Vienna
– V.S. Raghavan: former Chairman, Sri Siva Vishnu Temple in Lanham, Maryland
– Aviv Ahron Shir-On: Israeli Ambassador in Austria, Vienna
– Danielle Spera: Director Jewish Museum, Vienna
– Alois Steinbichler: Chairman Austrian Kommunalkredit AG, Vienna
– Gal-Galia Talit: Educator, Tel Aviv, Israel
– Uzi Talit: Cardiologist, Lakeland, Florida
– Ronald Vliestra: Cardiologist, former head Mayo Clinic, Lakeland, Florida

[h3]December 19, 2010[/h3]
The APC 2010 DVD is available now! The price is (excl.postage fee) 10€.
To place an order, please contact the Tourist Office Krimml – Krimml 37, A-5743 Krimml
Mrs. Andrea Mair or a.mair@krimml.at or 06544/72 39 – 11.

[h3]November 2010[/h3]
The Board of APC chooses the “Palestinian Refugees” as the main theme for the fifth Krimml Peace Dialogue.

[h3]October 17, 2010[/h3]
On the occasion of recently reported deportations of well integrated children the APC – peace advisory board -beside many other organisations – also takes a stand on this in form of an Open Letter. (See German homepage)
This letter has been sent to
Caritas Vienna www.gegen-unrecht.at
Caritas Vienna Michael Landau Director
Heinz Patzelt Amnesty International
Representatives of the network “Kinderrechte Österreichs” www.kinderhabenrechte”.at
Member of the Austrian network for Peace and Freedom of Violence
Coordination of asylum in Austria www.asyl.at
Representatives of the Austrian society for children – and Youth medicine.
Association “PurpleSheep” www.purplesheep.at
The house “Freunde schützen”
Interest group for authors, writers and novelists

[h3]October 14, 2010[/h3]
On this date our dear friend and mountain guide from the first Alpine Peace Crossing, Paul Rieder from Maria Alm, passed away (together with a colleague Michaela Berger) in a tragic accident during a mountain climbing tour. It was Rieder who first informed us about the “Exodus” (flight) of the Jewish DPs over the Krimml Tauern Mountains in 1947 and we owe him much gratitude for that. We mourn his death and decide to honor his memory at the 2011 Krimml Peace Dialogue.

[h3]July 3 – 5 2009[/h3]
3rd Alpine Peace Crossing (detailed report see “[linki]?view=apc2009&lang=en[as]APC Events[/link]”)

[h3]June 17, 2009[/h3]
Based on the recommendation of the Israeli Ambassador to Austria, Dan Ashbel, Ernst Löschner was awarded the “PaN-honorary medal” of the Ministry of Science and Research. The peace message of Alpine Peace Crossing received special mention on this occasion.

[h3]May/June, 2009[/h3]
Membership in the APC Honorary Committee is being awarded to:

– Ute Bock, refugee helper, Vienna
– Cecily Corti, founder of the center for the homeless “vinciRast”, Vienna
– Hans-Peter Haselsteiner: Vorsitzender des Vorstandes,STRABAG AG, Wien
– Petra Kronberger, Olympic and Worldcup champion, art historian, Salzburg
– Yvonne Weiler, art managment, Vienna

[h3]April 28 – October 4, 2009[/h3]
Exhibition in the Jewish Museum Hohenems: “Have you seen my Alps?”
The program of this exhibition which traces the “Jewish Love” of the mountains, includes also the participation in APP 2009, lead by Hanno Loewy and Gerhard Milchram.

[h3]April 23 – 25, 2009[/h3]
Symposium Givad Avoda: Towards the preparation of a documentary-exhibition concerning the jewish refuggee camp “Givad Avoda” in Saalfelden, Sabine Aschauer-Smolik (head of the education center Saalfelden) and Mario Steidl (head of the art-center Nexus Saalfelden) have organised an international conference.
Scientific papers were presented by Thomas Albrich (Innsbruck), Feliks Tych (Warsaw), Kinga Frojimovics und Rita Horváth (Israel), Szabolcs Szita (Budapest), Abraham Peck (USA), and also by Susanne Rolinek, Maria Ecker and Peter Linhuber (Salzburg).

[h3]July 11 – 13, 2008 [/h3]
2nd Alpine Peace Crossing (detailed report see “[linki]?view=apc2008&lang=en[as]APC Events[/link]”)

[h3]June/July 2008 [/h3]
Membership of the APC Honorary Committee is being awarded to:

– Jane Goodall, London and Arlington, VA “UN Messenger of Peace“; environment and human rights activist. Especially highly regarded for her work with chimpanzees, she became internationally famous and celebrated.

– Edit Schlaffer, Vienna: founder and managing director of „Women Without Borders“.

– Andreas Gruber, Wels: producer and film maker
– Ari Rath, Jerusalem: former publisher and chief editor of Jerusalem Post.
– Lorenz Knauer, Rosenheim: writer and director of documentary films
– Georg Lennkh, Vienna: former Austrian ambassador, Africa expert
– Joanna Nittenberg, Vienna: chief editor of „Neue Welt“
– Susanne Trauneck, Vienna: managing director of the „Jewish Welcome Service“
– Herbert Stepic, Vienna: Chairman of the Board, Raiffeisen International
– Michael Landau, Vienna: director of Caritas Austria
– Patrick Butler, Vienna: member of the board, Raiffeisen Zentralbank
– Mouhanad Khorchide, Vienna: Institute for Education, University of Vienna
– Martina Dobringer, Vienna: Chairman of the Board, Coface Österreich
– Margit Maximilian, Vienna: foreign correspondent, ORF; Africa expert
– Michael Rendi, Tel Aviv: Austrian Ambassador in Israel
– Arad Benkoe, Tel Aviv: Austrian Cultural Attaché in Israel
– Hans Kutil, Salzburg: ORF
– Hans Bayer, Salzburg: media-commentator
– Thomas Neuhold, Salzburg: media-writer
– Judith Brandner, Vienna: media-writer
– Rüdiger Teutsch, Vienna: former director of the Intercultural Centre Vienna, director of the “Migration” Department in the Ministry of Education

[h3]June 20, 2008 [/h3]
commissioned by the Government of Salzburg (Doraja Eberle, coordination: Egon Leitner) the movie “1947: Der Jüdische Exodus über die Krimmler Tauern” is presented in Salzburg (producers: Markus Weisheitinger – Hermann and Eva Illmer from mediaPLANT Salzburg). Inspired by APC, this film presents the a young girl, Sarah, as a central figure in the flight over the Krimml Tauern in 1947, all this against the background of the historic context of “Salzburg as Turning Point of the Mass Exodus to Palestine 1945-1947”. This film is – like the APC book – intended in particular as educational material for schools in Austria (possibly also in other countries).

[h3]June 17, 2008 [/h3]
Kreisky Forum, Vienna: presentation of the APC project with the following programme: “Genesis” slide-show (Ernst Löschner); showing of the documentary film “Der Krimmler Exodus” by Andreas Gruber and Matthias Tschannett; report by the 77-year old contemporary witness Natanel Brener recalling his escape over the Krimmler Tauern 1947 (he was 16 at the time), and panel discussion regarding the APC-peace message with Dan Ashbel, Margit Maximilian, Peter Huemer, Matthias Tschannett and Erich Czerny (chair: Ernst Loeschner). Over 200 people attended, including the APC Honorary Members Franz Vranitzky, Marko Feingold, Patrick Butler, Michael Landau, Georg Lennkh, Joanna Nittenberg, Johannes Poigenfürst, Dietmar Spranz, Helmut Zobl, Wilfried Stadler, Brigitte Lueger-Schuster, Reinhard Platzer (see also the Bruno Kreisky Forum slide show), Edit Schlaffer. Erich Czerny presented the basic philosophy of the “Krimml Peace Dialogue”.

[h3]June 16/17, 2008 [/h3]
Louvre, Paris: in the context of the “Journées BNP Paribas de l’Innovation” Ernst Löschner was invited to present the APC project to the public. A summarised version (produced by Peter Pipal) of the APC documentary film was shown for the first time.

[h3]May 29, 2008 [/h3]
“APC-book”: APC Honorary Member Doraja Eberle from the Salzburg Government and the head of its education department, Robert Luckmann, introduce in Salzburg the book “Über die Berge dem Gelobten Land entgegen” (publisher: Roland Floimair of the Salzburg Press Service, editor: Harald Waitzbauer). This book is particularly designed as educational material for Austrian schools.

[h3]May 28, 2008 [/h3]
95th birthday of our APC Honorary Member Marko Feingold in the presence of Honorary Members Chaim Eisenberg, Jeanne Kahn, Hans Katschthaler and Wilfried Haslauer.

[h3]May 19, 2008 [/h3]
HTL Saalfelden: inspired by APC, the HTL teachers Ulf Wenk and Hans-Dieter Nerbl organize a study project in the school year 2007/2008 on the “The Many Faces of Human Migration”. The most important part of the project were the research papers by the students which were presented to the public on May 17 (www.htlsaalfelden.at>Extras>Schülerbeiträge). The concluding presentation on May 19 (in the presence of refugees from the refugee home in Saalfelden) included also the sociologist Konrad Hofer and the group “Fair und Sensibel” of the Federal Police Department Vienna (Dietmar Huber and Embe Kandolo). This group had been initiated by Josef Boeck, in particular to stimulate a dialogue between the Austrian police and Africans.

[h3]May 6, 2008 [/h3]
Bricha documentary film: this film by Andreas Gruber is shown on ORF2, with APC 2007 as one of the most impressive examples regarding the work of the Bricha in Austria under the direction of Asher Ben-Natan and Aba Gefen.

[h3]April 20, 2008 [/h3]
ORF “Menschenbilder” in the OE1 radio programme: Judith Brandner presents a portrait of Ernst Löschner and of APC in particular.