Action Reconciliation Service for Peace

Action Reconciliation Service for Peace (in German: Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste (ASF) ) is a German pacifist organization whose objective is to confront the Nazi past of Germany. It was founded in 1958 by the synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany , thanks to the efforts of Lothar Kreyssig . 1 It had its origin in the necessity of the Germans to recognize their guilt before the end of the Second World War and of Nazism. 2

This organization is especially known through international volunteer programs and the organization of work camps throughout Europe. 3 Each year, about 180 sends volunteers to countries that suffered the German occupation during World War II: Belgium , France , United Kingdom , Netherlands , Russia , Poland , Czech Republic , Belarus and Ukraine . They also work in Israel and the United States because many survivors of the Holocaust live in these countries.


Knowing that the consequences of National Socialism are still felt and can only be overcome through intense dialogue, Action Reconciliation for Peace (ASRP) promotes understanding between generations, cultures, religions and peoples. Based on the Christian faith, ARSP seeks to cooperate with all who strive for a more peaceful and just world.


Known exintegrantes

  • Gregor Amann, politician
  • Norbert Boesche, author
  • Jochen Hartloff, Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection of Rheinland-Pfalz
  • Christoph Heubner, Author and Executive Vice President of the International Auschwitz Committee
  • Martin H. Jung, theologian of the University of Osnabrück
  • Hans-Peter Kuhnen, archaeologist at the University of Mainz
  • Hendrik Liersch, author and editor
  • Thomas Lutz, director of the Department of Memory, Topographie des Terrors , Berlin
  • Kristof Magnusson, author
  • Andreas Maislinger , Austrian political scientist and founder of the Austrian Service Abroad
  • Harald Martenstein, journalist for Die Zeit
  • Eduard Mühle, historian
  • Thomas Oppermann, politician
  • Peter Reik, author
  • Joachim Schlör , professor at the University of Southampton
  • Christian Sterzing, politician
  • Robert Thalheim, film director
  • Holger Weinert, journalist


  1. Back to top↑ Negash, Girma (2007). Political Apology: States and Their Apologies by Proxy (in English) . Lexington Books . P. 54. ISBN  978-0-7391-2206-8 .
  2. Back to top↑ Hockenos, Paul (2008). Joschka Fischer and the making of the Berlin Republic: an alternative history of postwar Germany (in English) . Oxford University Press US . P. 187. ISBN  978-0-19-518183-8 .
  3. Back to top↑ Fischer, Martina (2005). Peacebuilding and civil society in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Ten years after Dayton (in English) . LIT Verlag Berlin-Hamburg-Münster. P. 281. ISBN  978-3-8258-8793-3 .