To mark the 10th anniversary of the paper crane by Sadako in Stadtschlaining, we asked people to join us for some crane folding to spread Sadako’s message: Her tiny paper crane became a symbol of peace and disarmament.
The story of Sadako can be found here.
Schools and universities from all over Austria, numerous associations and organisations took part in the folding action. Private individuals also supported it. Creative afternoons were organised and at events such as children's parties and music festivals a three-dimensional figure was folded from a square piece of paper.
Participation in the campaign was also possible via social media in order to make the peace work, which has been carried out for many years, visible in a variety of ways at various levels. Via Facebook, photos with cranes and the appeal to send them to the ASPR office were shared. The Peace Library and the Tourism Office in Stadtschlaining also acted as regional collection points.
The official highlight of the campaign was on 23 September 2019, two days after the International Day of Peace: as part of the peace education conference at Schlaining Castle, seven paper cranes were raised from balloons on the castle bridge. That morning, the children of the Stadtschlaining primary school handed over thousands of self-folded paper cranes to the ASPR staff.
By the end of the year, more than 7,000 cranes in all colours and sizes had been handed over to us. Among them were two cranes which were folded in Los Alamos (New Mexico/USA) - the place where the atomic bomb which destroyed Hiroshima was constructed. The complete exhibition "A Thousand Paper Cranes for a Wish" by Karin Altmann also found its way from the Papermakers Museum in Steyrermühl to Schlaining. All collected cranes were then sent to the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation in Japan.
We would like to thank everyone for participating in our campaign and their generous contribution to spreading solidarity!