German reunification 1990: His Highness the Aga Khan awarded with the ‘Die Quadriga prize’ on 3rd October 1995 in Unified Berlin for his humanitarian engagements

 3rd October 2016

with great pride today we are celebrating the Reunification of our country. At that time during 1990 with the courage of the people of both East and West Germany we achieved successes to unify this great Nation peacefully – PBSJ Blog

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Aga Khan receives Die Quadriga 2005 Prize in recognition of the work of the Aga Khan Development Network

Berlin, Germany, 3 October 2005 – His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims and founder of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), was today awarded the Die Quadriga prize in recognition of his life’s work in helping people in the poorest regions of the world.

At a ceremony held in Berlin’s renowned opera house, the Komische Oper, Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and a previous Die Quadriga recipient, delivered the laudatory address as he presented the “United We Care” award to the Aga Khan, praising him as a humanist, peace-builder, democrat, philanthropist and “esteemed ambassador between civilisations”.

“While bringing people together, His Highness is striving not to diminish or remove cultural and religious differences, but to promote their acceptance and to work for a harmonious diversity,” President Karzai said. “It is this belief in an inclusive world that makes him an inspirational leader of our time.”

Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa described the Aga Khan as “a leader in helping to bring hope and opportunity to regions of the world that have known too much despair”.

The 25,000 Euro gift which accompanies the Die Quadriga award was matched by the Aga Khan and subsequently allocated to a microfinance project in Tanzania. President Mkapa thanked the Aga Khan for the gift and said that His Highness had long recognised the importance of microfinance in “harnessing the energy and the ingenuity of individual entrepreneurs”.

In accepting the Die Quadriga award, the Aga Khan praised President Karzai as a man who is “an inspiration to the Afghan people as they reclaim their proud nationhood and struggle to build a future of promise” and thanked President Mkapa for “exemplary leadership for your people’s fight against poverty and their commitment to peace and harmony, at home and within the region”.

The Aga Khan praised the Ismaili community as well as the many other volunteers and institutional and individual collaborators for the success of the AKDN.

“I am fortunate to lead an international community with a strong sense of social conscience,” he said. “Wherever they live, they faithfully abide by the Quranic ethic of a common humanity and the dignity of man.”

“This is the impulse that drives the Aga Khan Development Network.”

The Die Quadriga awards are presented every year on the day of German Unification. The Awards honour personalities from the political, economic and cultural dimensions of life who have shown vision, courage and responsibility. The Awards also recognise people who exhibit far-sightedness, pragmatism, a pioneering spirit and the power of conviction.

Other Die Quadriga 2005 award winners were Dr. Helmut Kohl, former Chancellor of Germany; Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web; and Paula Arnold, Catherine McCartney, Claire McCartney, Donna McCartney, Gemma McMahon and Bridgeen Hagans, five sisters renowned for their civil courage in campaigning for justice after their brother was murdered in Belfast by the IRA.

Source: AKDN ORG

Some historical photographs:

His Highness planting a cherry tree in the park of the Castle Sanssouci in Potsdam, for the -Growing Together- campaign - a part of the official celebrations for the 15th anniversary of German Reunificat

His Highness planting a cherry tree in the park of the Castle Sanssouci in Potsdam, for the “Growing Together” campaign – a part of the official celebrations for the 15th anniversary of German Reunification. – Photo: AKDN/Gary Otte

Left to right - Dr Helmut Kohl, former German Chancellor; Mikhail Gorbatschev, former President of the USSR; His Highness; William Benjamin Mkapa, President of the Republic of Tanzania.

Left to right – Dr Helmut Kohl, former German Chancellor; Mikhail Gorbatschev, former President of the USSR; His Highness; William Benjamin Mkapa, President of the Republic of Tanzania. – Photo: AKDN/Gary Otte

President Hamid Karzai of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan presents the -United we Care- award to His Highness the Aga Khan. AKDN-Gary Otto

H.E. Hamid Karzai bestows Die Quadriga Award to His Highness. – Photo: AKDN/Gary Otte

Arriving for Die Quadriga Award Ceremony at the Komische Oper with H.E. Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan, and H.E. William Mkapa, President of Tanzania.

Arriving for Die Quadriga Award Ceremony at the Komische Oper with H.E. Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan, and H.E. William Mkapa, President of Tanzania. – Photo: AKDN/Gary Otte

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German Unity Day on Wikipedia

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The flag of unity at midnight of 3 October 1990 in front of the Reichstag

The Day of German Unity (German: Tag der Deutschen Einheit) is the national day of Germany, celebrated on 3 October as a public holiday.[1] It commemorates the anniversary of German reunification in 1990, when the goal of a united Germany that originated in the middle of the 19th century, was fulfilled again. Therefore, the name addresses neither the re-union nor the union, but the unity of Germany. The Day of German Unity on 3 October has been the German national holiday since 1990, when the reunification was formally completed. It is a legal holiday for the Federal Republic of Germany.

An alternative choice to commemorate the reunification could have been the day the Berlin Wall came down: 9 November 1989, which coincided with the anniversary of theproclamation of the German Republic in 1918, and the defeat of Hitler’s first coup in 1923. However, 9 November was also the anniversary of the first large-scale Nazi-led pogroms against Jews in 1938 (Kristallnacht), so the day was considered inappropriate as a national holiday.[2][3] (See November 9 in German history.) Therefore, 3 October 1990, the day of the formal reunification, was chosen instead and replaced the “Day of German Unity” on 17 June, the national holiday of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1954.

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18 stunning photos from the night the Berlin Wall came down 26 years ago — Business Insider com

East Germans celebrate as they climbed the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate November 10, 1989.

East Germans celebrate as they climbed the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate November 10, 1989.

East Berliners cross and meet West Berliners at Potsdamer Platz after the Berlin Wall was torn down at this checkpoint November 12. Over 2 million people from East Berlin visited West Berlin just that we

East Berliners cross and meet West Berliners at Potsdamer Platz after the Berlin Wall was torn down at this checkpoint November 12. Over 2 million people from East Berlin visited West Berlin just that weekend.

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