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Three associations dedicated to caring for survivors of torture and war, as well as the pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim with his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, are being honored this year with the Bruno Kreisky Prize for services to human rights. The other award winners are the psychosocial center ESRA, the association ASPIS and the association HEMAYAT.
The prizes will be handed over on Friday at the Musikverein in Vienna. The world-renowned pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim receives the Bruno Kreisky Prize for his commitment to reconciliation in the Middle East conflict. Barenboim therefore founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, consisting of young Israeli and Arab musicians, together with the literary scholar Edward Said, who was born in Palestine.
The ESRA psychosocial center is being honored for its social responsibility towards the survivors of National Socialist persecution. For the past 17 years, the center has been able to advise, accompany and treat traumatized people free of charge.
ASPIS, an independent institution at the University of Klagenfurt, has also taken up the cause of psychotherapeutic and psychosocial help for traumatized people, especially for victims of torture and survivors of Nazi terror.
The HEMAYAT association, founded in Vienna in 1995, has established itself as a center for medical, psychological and psychotherapeutic care for survivors of torture and war. "Hemayat" comes from the Arabic language area and means "care" and "protection".
The Bruno Kreisky Prize for services to human rights is awarded at irregular intervals by a foundation that was established on the occasion of the 65th birthday of the then Austrian Chancellor in 1976 and endowed with 700,000 euros.