IPAInstitute for Political AnalysisProf. Dr. Volker von Prittwitz
Great PersonalitiesDo you know them?
Johan Huizinga (Netherlands 1872 - 1945)…was a historian and one of the founders of modern cultural history. He reinterpreted the Late Middle Ages as a period of pessimism and decadence rather than rebirth. In his book Homo Ludens (1938) he discussed the possibility that play is the primary formative element in human culture. In 1942, he spoke critically of his country's German occupiers, comments that were consistent with his writings about Fascism in the 1930s. From then until his death in 1945, he was held in detention by the Nazis.Naji Jerf (Syria)… documentary film maker - was member of the Syrian organization for independent citizen journalism and a committed activist of critical journalism about the terror organization Islamic State - allegedly goal of IS, killed in South-eastern Turkey on December 28, 2015.Ensaf Haidar(Saudi Arabia)… the mother of three kids, 1.50 meter tall and very energetic, could flee from her native country, before her husband, the blogger Raif Badawi, was sentenced without any lawyer because of offending the Islam (to 1000 lashes, 10 years jail, and 150.000 Euros). For three years now she is fighting day after day to support her husband and to hold the lawless sentence against him in the international awareness. In doing so she was phasewise in life danger - threatened by her relatives and anonymous persons from Saudi Arabia.Albert Einstein(Germany/Switzerland/USA 1879 – 1955)… a German-born theoretical physicist, developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. He was a passionate, committed antiracist and campaigned for the civil rights of African Americans considering racism America's worst disease. Einstein was a figurehead leader in helping establish the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which opened in 1925. Asked for support, he recommended the U.S. pay more attention and engage in nuclear weapons research against Germany; in the Cold War, in contrast, he called for resistance to war. Sérgio Fernando Moro (1972) Brazil… is a federal judge who has gained national fame for commanding and ordaining the judicial law case of the crimes identified in the criminal investigation nicknamed as Operation Carwash, a case of high-profile scandals of corruption and bribery by government officials in Brazil. He has become a symbol of resistance against corruption, money laundering, tax evasion and other crimes in the country.Greg Lemond (USA * 1979) / Betsy Andreu (USA )… have been sustainable fighters against the biggest fraudster in bicycle sport ever, hardly suffering from the aggressive attacks of an overly powerful sport god (Lance Armstrong/7-fold Tour de France winner/about 100 million dollar). That’s not just the doping, but what he’s done to people’s lives; he destroyed them.He took a good 10 years out of my life, LeMond, a former winner of Tour de France, said. Betsy Andreu and her husband (himself a former doper) had testified under oath already in 2005 that Armstrong was massively taking drugs since 1996.Władysław Bartoszewski (Poland 1922 – 2015)A former Auschwitz concentration camp prisoner, he was a World War II resistance fighter as part of the Polish underground and participated in the Warsaw Uprising. After the war he was persecuted and imprisoned by the communist Polish People's Republic due to his membership of the Home Army and opposition activity. After the collapse of the communist regime, Bartoszewski served twice as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, he was also an ambassador and a member of the Polish Senate.Friedrich von Prittwitz (Germany, 1884 - 1955)…was the German Ambassador to the United States from 1928 until April 14, 1933. At the time Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany, he frankly declared that he could do his service only under a democratic government and resigned from the diplomatic corps. After World War II, he took a stand for an open reappraising of the Nazi system and for the development of a new democratically founded society. He co-founded the Christian-Social Union and the Association for Foreign Policy in Bavaria, holding a parliamentary mandate from 1946 to 1954.Raphael Halet and Antoine Deltour (France)The consulting firm PwC supported hundreds of groups in tax avoiding in Luxembourg - leading to billions of Euros tax loss. Deltour und Halet, two former employees of the firm, gave documents to a journalist for documenting the practices in public. In June 29, 2016, the two whistleblowers have been sentenced by a Luxembourg court to twelve respectively nine months prison on probation - added by 1000 respectively 1500 Euros fines. The former prime minister of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Juncker, meanwhile acts as EU president.Asli Erdogan (Turkey *1967)…one of the most independent, courageous and well-known writers of Turkey, computer scientist and physicist, member of the pro-Kurdian news-paper Özgür Gündem, has been sitting in prison since August 2016. She is accused of terror propaganda and the try of destroying the national unity - a very grave charge in a country who’s president claims an expanding Turkish Empire. The prosecuting attorney has plead life-long prison for her.Martin Schulz (Germany/*1955) … book seller, mayor of a little town in North Rhine Westfalia (Würselen/1987-1998), member of the European Parliament since 1994 and president of that parliament from 2012 to 2017, has surprisingly been nominated as candidate for chancellorship by the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). Schulz, a profiled fighter for Europe, has started his campain with a strong proclamation of democratic values and social justice in strict contrast to Trumpism and populism. He intends to replace Angela Merkel after a 12 years long chancellorship.