Presentation of the "John Rabe Award" 2013 to ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Richard Trappl
On 6 June 2013 the "John Rabe Award 2013" was awarded to ao. Univ. Prof. Dr. Richard Trappl, director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Vienna and associate professor at the Institute of Chinese Studies of the University of Vienna, and to Univ. Prof. Dr. Gerd Kaminski, director of the Institute for China and Southeast Asia research.
President of the Austrian Federal Council Edgar Mayer and Vice President Susanne Kurz bid the audience welcome to this year’s presentation of the John Rabe Award in the reception room of the Parliament.
Prof. Thomas Rabe, grandson of the German businessman John Rabe, who is patron of the award, addressed the invited guests with a few introductory words. Professor Rabe is founder of the John Rabe Communication Centre, which aims to the documentation of the life of John Rabe and the creation of a base for international understanding, particularly between China and Japan.
The sinologist, translator and writer Univ.-Prof. Wolfgang Kubin (Beijing Foreign Studies University) held the laudatory speech for ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Richard Trappl. The laudation of Univ.-Prof. Gerd Kaminski was held by the former Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel.
Readings from the works of the winners by the actress Lotte Ledl and melodies from East and West, performed by the cellist Jing Gatke, formed the artistic part of the ceremony.
The John Rabe Award is awarded annually for achievements in the field of international understanding and peace in the relationship with China. The German businessman and entrepreneur John Rabe (1882-1950), in view of the Japanese massacre in China as CEO of Siemens & Halske branch in Nanjing, built a 2x2 km large protection zone for civilians during the Sino-Japanese War and thus saved the lives of about 200,000 Chinese.
To this day, John Rabe is known in China as the "Good German of Nanjing", numerous monuments and plaques in Germany and China remember of his humanitarian efforts.