Peace Palace

Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) was a Scottish-American industrial, philanthropist and pacifist. Carnegie came from a poor weavers family. As a child he emigrated to the United States, where he worked himself into a steel magnate. He donated huge amounts to libraries, concert halls and he worked for peace. Carnegie thought it was a disgrace to die rich. He agreed to enable the construction of a world peace center in The Hague. The condition was that this ‘Peace Palace’ would not only house the Permanent Court of Arbitration but also a legal library of the highest level.

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