„Apalled, encouraged and inspired“

Holocaust survivor Esther Bejanaro was honoured with the International ethecon Blue Planet Award 2013 – Anshu Jain and Jürgen Fitschen of DEUTSCHE BANK were reviled with the International Black Planet Award 2013

Esther Bejanaro, one of the last survivors of the Auschwitz girls orchestra, received the International ethecon Blue Planet Award 2013 on the occasion of this year’s convention of ethecon – Foundation Ethics & Economics. Her dedication to peace and against anti-Semitism, racism and fascism has been relentless for many decades. She was honoured with the prize designed by photographic artist Prof. Katharina Mayer.

“As I followed the trace of Esther’s life I was appaled to see how fashists segregated people, humiliated them, locked them up, tortured and annihilated them. Such a frail little woman – facing so much meanness and hatred and crime.” These were the words of the eulogy speech held by German Parliament Member Gesine Lötzsch who went on to say:”I was encouraged by the fact that Esther Bejanaro met so many people who helped her and thereby saved her life. ... I was inspired by Esther Bejanaro who also gave me food for fresh thought with her book.”

The Black Planet Award, the counterpiece of the positive Blue Planet Award, went to executive chairmen Anshu Jain and Jürgen Fitschen as well as to other executives and major shareholders of DEUTSCHE BANK.

This is what the well-known publicist and Frankfurt City Council Member Jutta Ditfurth had to say in her defamatory speech:”Together with DEUTSCHE BANK, Jain and Fitschen are responsible for colonizing the world. DEUTSCHE BANK grab the strategic resources of the earth by means of their subcomanies and funds. DEUTSCHE Bank’s profits derive from the misery of the rural population who have been evicted, from land grabs and poisoning the earth in Asia, Latin America and particularly in Africa – that is the new colonialism.” Barbara Happe of urgewald and the umbrella organisation of Critical Shareholders promised that the prize will be handed over personally to the denounced persons as part of an action with international coordination on the occasion of the next annual general meeting of DEUTSCHE BANK.

The award ceremony of both the internatial ethecon prizes took place in Berlin on 16th November at a festivity with a big audience during the ethecon convention entitled “No fracking – No poison injected in our earth!” “Now there are more and more voices saying that shale gas extraction is not profitable in Europe. And among the coalition of the two big parties there is now talk of a moratorium. But we should not rely on that.” Such were the words of warning by convention speaker Andreas Fuhs. He demanded: ”Oil and gas extraction with the aid of fracking is connected with irresponsible risks and negative effects. It is the energy companies who take the profits. The damages lie with the population and with future generations. ... Instead of fracking which damages the climate what we need to do is to overcome the fossile fuel energy regime by saving energy and by changing over to renewable energies.”

Afterwards Esther Bejanaro showed her gratitude by giving a concert accompanied by Microphone Mafia after the hiphopper Kern had performed with an opening act. With that admirable vigour of hers the nearly 89-year-old lady said: “Now I mix the the rappers. We are three generations and three religions on stage. We sing against fascism and war.” With that she delighted an audience aged between 17 and 77 in the crowded hall.

In recent years the International ethecon Blue Planet Awards honored Diane Wilson / USA (2006), Vandana Shiva / India (2007), José Abreu and Hugo Chávez / Venezuela (2008), Uri Avnery / Israel (2009), Elias Bierdel / Austria ( 2010), Angela Davis / USA (2011) and Jean Ziegler / Switzerland (2012). The ethecon negative prizes, however, each reviled individually named managers and shareholders of the corporations MONSANTO / USA (2006), NESTLÉ / Switzerland (2007), BLACKWATER (XE) / USA (2008), FORMOSA PLASTICS GROUP / Taiwan (2009), BP / Great Britain (2010), TEPCO / Japan (2011) and GLENCORE / Switzerland (2012).

In contrast to many corporate, family, church , party and state foundations, ethecon is one of the few foundations directed „from below,“ which with its current 40 pledged supporters and the motto, „For a world without exploitation and oppression,“ sees its responsibility towards future generations. The fledgling foundation is financed through endowment contributions, donations and sustaining memberships.

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