Concerts, Conferences, Meetings and testimonies

Our guest – Ihor KOZLOVSKY

Our association Ad Pacem servandam – For Peace and Against War – is organizing two public lectures to spread the truth about the war in Eastern Ukraine.

Our speaker, Mr. Kozlovsky, is a Ukrainian historian and religious researcher, poet, writer and essayist.
He participated in the Euromaidan protests in Donetsk, the capital of Ukraine’s Donbass, when Russian special forces entered eastern Ukraine and occupied the city. He was one of the organizers of the Interreligious Prayer Marathon for the Unity of Ukraine (March-November 2014, Donetsk).

On January 27, 2016, he was captured by fighters of the “Donetsk People’s Republic” and remained in captivity for almost two years (700 days) until December 27, 2017.
Since his release, Kozlovsky has been actively engaged in campaigning for the release of Ukrainian prisoners in the Donbass and Crimea.

Ad Pacem is organizing three meetings to give Mr. Kozlovsky the opportunity to talk about this cruel and still ongoing war.
It will be possible to ask him questions directly, with translation on the spot.

The three public events

  1. On Friday, October 15, at 8:00 p.m., his testimony will take place in Luxembourg, in the commune of Mersch, in Lintgen, 17 rue du cimetière.
  2. On Saturday, October 16, at 10:30 a.m., a public conference will be held in France at the Maison pastorale in Mont-St-Martin, 1 avenue du bois.
  3. On Saturday, October 16 at 4:00 p.m., a charity concert for civilian victims of the war in Ukraine will be held in the church of Notre Dame de Villerupt (Place Jeanne d’Arc) in France.

The organist from Longwy, Mrs. Marie-Paule Baumgartner-Sendron, and her students Laura and Daniel Pantaleoni will play works by Bach, Pachelbel, Boely, Vierne and others.
In the middle of the concert, Mr. Kozlovsky will talk about the war in Ukraine.
Light refreshments will be offered at the end of the concert.

The anti-COVID19 rules in force will be observed.

For those who cannot travel to Luxembourg or France, Ad Pacem will organize a live streaming of the conference on Saturday morning.

Conferences

Presentation by Mr Gabriel Becker

The Ban Saint-Jean camp in Moselle (F)

On Saturday 29 February 2020, our association “For peace and against war” invited Mr Gabriel Becker, from Lorraine, to present the Nazi camp of Ban St-Jean in Moselle (F) on the 20th “Salon du Livre et des cultures” in Luxembourg. This camp is in fact a mass grave containing the remains of 20,000 Soviet prisoners of the Second World War.

Before giving the floor to the guest, the President of the Association, Mr Claude Pantaleoni, introduced Mr Becker and his research work within the AFU (French-Ukrainian Association), which is responsible for the rehabilitation of the camp.

The mass grave of Ban St-Jean is in Moselle, near Boulay, about one hour from Luxembourg. Gabriel Becker, a retired German teacher, has been researching testimonies, archive documents and memorabilia for twenty years to save the history of this Soviet prison camp from oblivion. He is vice president and co-founder of the Franco-Ukrainian Association (AFU), which works to preserve the camp.

Becker has published four books in which he explains the drama of the last world war and the ups and downs of the camp’s rehabilitation.

Nazi transit camp

The speaker began by explaining that the local population did not want to deal with this camp after the war and did everything they could to forget the place, partly because the people were worried about their survival and were busy with the difficult organisation of their daily lives.

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Conferences

Our guest at the 20th “Salon du Livre et des cultures du Luxembourg” – Gabriel BECKER

Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 3:30 pm

LUXEXPO KIRCHBERG LUXEMBOURG, 2nd floor

“The BAN SAINT-JEAN: Fighting for the memory of a Ukrainian and Soviet prison camp in the Moselle”

 

Gabriel Becker, a retired professor of German, has been collecting testimonials, archive documents and memorabilia for the past twenty years to bring back to life the history of this prison camp. He is the author of four books on the subject:

  • Le camp du BAN SAINT-JEAN (1941-1944), Lumière sur une honte enf(o)uie
  • Le drame ukrainien en France (Moselle) (1941-1944), Mementote…
  • Camp du Ban Saint-Jean, Moselle, La Revie
  • Camp du Ban Saint-Jean Moselle, Nadejda : Espoir

He is vice-president and co-founder of the Association Franco-Ukrainienne (AFU) for the rehabilitation of the Ban Saint-Jean mass grave near Boulay, Moselle.

During his lecture, he will present the twists and turns of the dark history of this transit camp (300,000 prisoners) and death camp (22,000 dead).

Conferences, Round tables / Debates

30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall: Cross-European order of peace between ideas and reality

Our conference, entitled “Cross-European order of peace between ideas and reality, organised in the creative Hub 1535° of Differdange, on the morning of the 9th of November was amply visited.

The conference was led in German by Dr. Bruno Schoch, a leading expert and researcher at the Leibnitz and Hessian Institute for peace and conflict research, located in Frankfurt-on-the-Main (Germany).

We also invited a panel of politicians to assist: Luxembourgish MPs from various parties as well as representatives of German political parties will be assisting the conference and participating in the debate.

The following special invitees participated in the debate:

  • Ms Tilly Metz, déi Gréng (Green Party)
  • Mr Gary Diderich, Déi Lénk (Left Party)
  • Mr Sven Clement, Piratepartei Lëtzebuerg (Luxembourg Pirate Party)
  • Mr Thomas Barth, European Speaker of the CDU-Fraction in the state parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate (Germany)
  • Mr Stefan Thielen, Chief Whip of the CDU-Fraction in the state parliament of Saarland (Germany)

A detailed report about the conference will be available soon on this website.

Tageblatt 11.11.2019

Luxemburger Wort 13.11.2019

Conferences, Round tables / Debates

Cross-European order of peace between ideas and reality

Invitation

Saturday, the 9th of November from 10am to 12 pm,

in the venue “Creative Hub 1535°” in Differdange (115, rue Emile Mark), Luxembourg

We invite all members of our association and all interested people to our conference, followed by a political debate.

The conference is led by Dr. Bruno Schoch, a leading expert and researcher at the Leibnitz and Hessian Institute for peace and conflict research, located in Frankfurt-on-the-Main (Germany). The conference, under the headline ” Cross-European order of peace between ideas and reality”, will be held in German.

We also invited a panel of politicians to assist: Luxembourgish MPs from various parties as well as representatives of German political parties will be assisting the conference and participating in the debate.

So far the following people have confirmed their participation:

  • Mr Gary Diderich, Déi Lénk (Left Party)
  • Mr Fernand Kartheiser, ADR (centre-right)
  • Mr Sven Clement, Piratepartei Lëtzebuerg (Luxembourg Pirate Party)
  • Ms Tilly Metz, déi Gréng (Green Party)
  • Mr Thomas Barth, European Speaker of the CDU-Fraction in the state parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate (Germany)
  • Mr Stefan Thielen, Chief Whip of the CDU-Fraction in the state parliament of Saarland (Germany)

We would be very happy to welcome you to what promises to be a very interesting Saturday morning!