The Nobel Peace Prize

Rowena Loverance discusses the Nobel Peace Prize and Quakers

The Quaker Memorial at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire. It includes a quote from the original Nobel citation. The artist is Rosemary Barnett. | Photo: Barry Turner, NMA.

It is a moving experience to read the citation for the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Quakers in December 1947 – especially the stress it places, not only on half a century of relief work in the wake of war, but also on acknowledging the motivating spirit behind it. The Quaker Peace Testimony, the Nobel committee recognised, is much more than a mere refusal to take part in war – it affirms that ‘in the end victory must come from within the individual man or woman’.

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