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11th February 2019: 10th Dresden-Prize goes to Kim Phuc Phan Thi – Napalm Girl

FILE - In this June 8, 1972 file photo taken by Huynh Cong "Nick' Ut, South Vietnamese forces follow terrified children, including 9-year-old Kim Phuc, center, as they run down Route 1 near Trang Bang after an aerial napalm attack on suspected Viet Cong hiding places. After making the photo, he set aside his camera, gave the badly burned girl water, poured more on her wounds, then loaded her and others into his AP van to take them to a hospital. When doctors refused to admit her, saying she was too badly burned to be saved, he angrily flashed his press pass. The next day, he told them, pictures of her would be displayed all over the world, along with an explanation of how the hospital refused to help. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File) |
Press release

On Monday, 11th February 2019 the so-called “Napalm Girl” will be presented with the 10th International Peace Prize, the Dresden-Prize, in the Dresdner Semper Opera. The award and the events surrounding it are the combined effort of the organization Friends of Dresden Deutschland e.V. and the Semper Opera in Dresden. From its beginnings the Dresden-Prize has been sponsored by the Klaus Tschira Foundation.

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The Semperoper

The magnificent Semperoper dominates the Theaterplatz on the river Elbe, forming the centrepiece of the historic old city. The original building opened its doors in 1841, constructed to a design by Gottfried Semper. Following a devastating fire in 1869, the citizens of Dresden immediately set about rebuilding their beloved opera house. In 1945, during the final months of World War II, the Semperoper was once again razed to the ground. After a second reconstruction was successfully completed in 1985.

Dresden Prize 2018 

Laureate: Dr. Tommie Smith, Olympic Champion and Civil Rights Activist

In 1968 in Mexico, Olympic champion Tommie Smith became a symbol and role model as he raised his clenched fist clothed in a black glove on the winner’s podium.

Award ceremony on the 18th of February 2018 at 11 a.m. in the Semperoper Dresden.

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Speech Tommie Smith

It is with noble humility and distinguished social respect that I stand before you this day, upon receiving such a Global translative award.

To the President and esteemed Academic cabinet for this 9th International Peace Prize; the continual struggle for Peace is a revered crossing of the social bridge headed to the city of racial decentralization.

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40.000 visitors went to see the installation

In February 2017, the initiators of the Dresden-Prize for the first time presented an exhibition alongside the award winning ceremony. „Lampedusa 361“ displays photographs of Sicilian graves of refugees  who had drowned near the coast line of Italy. These graves are silent memorials of a failure of world politics. The installation traveled from Dresden to Düsseldorf, where it was presented in July 2017.  To date, more than 40.000 visitors came to see the exhibition. At the moment, there are ideas to show the installation in two cities in Italy and in the USA.