International ethecon Blue Planet Award 2013 honours the anti-Fascist and peace activist Esther Bejarano/Germany (Justification by ethecon - Foundation Ethics & Economics)

The management and board of trustees of ethecon – Foundation Ethics & Economics further declare:

Since the year 2006, the annual International ethecon Blue Planet Award has been a mark of excellence for people’s outstanding efforts for the protection and defence of human ethics in the conflicting area of ethics and the economy, whereby they fight for saving and safekeeping our Blue Planet.

This is a logical addition to the annual International ethecon Black Planet Award intended as a simultaneous slander of persons who disregard and trample on human ethics in the conflicting area of ethics and the economy, thereby promoting the ruin or the destruction of our Blue Planet, turning it into a Black Planet – the Blue Planet comprising the entire animate and inanimate world.

With the International ethecon Blue Planet Award, the foundation honours persons with integrity who are courageous, consistent and incorruptible. Persons who are ready to display their civil disobedience in defence of peace, justice and ecology. Persons who are willing to be contrary to the prevailing set of rules and laws. Persons who, in extreme situations, would go to the length of accepting punishments and disadvantages for their own physical integrity. Such persons show what is generally demanded and called the courage of their convictions; that is the courage to stand up for morality and ethics, for the ideals and interests of humankind without regard for any possible personal disadvantage. It is such people who uphold, look after and defend that sensitive little plant called human ethics. It is to them that mankind owes peace, human rights, social security and environmental protection.

Very much like David against Goliath, the International ethecon Blue Planet Award winners are facing a world which is geared towards profit as the only remaining criterion for decisions and development. They are facing powers with a disregard for the interests of the majority of mankind in justice, peace and an intact environment, powers who ruin the conditions to mankind’s life and existence. They endure to be discriminated against, to be persecuted and marginalised in many ways. Quite often they are even threatened by assaults on their existence, their health and their lives. They need support, help and solidarity from all of us.

Accordingly, the concept of the annual International ethecon Blue Planet Award is also a concept of mobilisation to stand up for peace, justice and environmental protection. Together with the Black Planet Shame-Award it is intended to raise the sensitivity and awareness of the general public in the above mentioned sense, to disclose coherences and people responsible and to strengthen the resistance against environmental destruction, war and injustice.

Every year in February, there is an international request to submit suggestions for both awards. The foundation names the awardees until the month of August following a thorough selection process.

The International ethecon Blue Planet Award 2013 will be given as an honour to Esther Bejarano, the German anti-Fascist and peace activist.

The ethecon management and board of trustees sum up the reasons for their decision as follows:

Esther Bejarano is one of the last survivors of the Auschwitz Girl's Orchestra, which was built up from prisoners of the death camp.

ethecon view Esther Bejarano’s relentless activity for peace and against anti-Semitism, racism and fascism as a paramount ethical contribution to saving our “Blue Planet”. For this outstanding achievement of human ethics ethecon – Foundation Ethics & Economics assigns the International ethecon Blue Planet Award 2013 to Esther Bejarano.

The public festivity for handing over the International ethecon Blue Planet Award 2013 to the anti-Fascist and peace activist Esther Bejarano as well as the connected International ethecon Black Planet Award 2013 to Anshu Jain (Co-CEO) and Jürgen Fitschen (Co-CEO) as well as to the major shareholders of the DEUTSCHE BANK (Germany) will take place in Berlin on 16th November 2013, commencing at 2 p.m..

Berlin, International Day of Peace, September 21, 2013

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