Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Germany: 150 years Red Cross

Some weeks ago I bought the German stamps celebrating the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Red Cross (issued 04-04-2013). In 1859 the Swiss salesman Henry Dunant was part of Battle of Solferino where 6 000 soldiers were killed and 25 000 were injured and he was appalled that nobody could help them.  So he wrote a book about the battle sent by him to leading figures in whole Europe. Furthermore, he wants to close a contract protecting the neutrality of the invalids, the people helping them and the facilities adapted for them. In 1863 he founded together with four other citizen the Committee of the Five. At the Committee' s suggestion there was the first international conference to found a organisation to manage this exercise. 

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