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The GOLDENE ERBSE is awarded to those who are fighting like fairy tale heroes to preserve the good. The pea in Andersen’s fairytale “The Princess and the Pea” became the symbol for ethics, sensitivity and action – properties that the world urgently needs and Märchenland decided to honour.

Awardees of the GOLDENE ERBSE 2015

Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert, President of the Bundestag, the patron of the UN Refugee Agency, co-founder of the MÄRCHENLAND series of events “Politicians tell fairy tales" and a role model for many young people in Germany

I.H. Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Committed to families, women and children, supports refugee children, mainly from Syria and Somalia, among others honored with the Sheikha Fatima Award for Support of Youth ( 2014 )

Ali M. Thunayan Al-Ghanim, President of the Kuwaiti Chamber of Commerce (KCCI), dedicated to the sustainable development of his country and its regional and international economic cooperations, especially in the field of renewable energy , awardee of the German Federal Cross of Merit ( 2005)

Khadra Sufi, TV-Presenter, author of the book "The girl who was not allowed to cry" she is involved in many youth projects and the UN Refugee Agency

Naseer Shamma, Worldwide profiled and multi-award -winning oud player and composer from Iraq, who furthermore is devoted to his organization TAZC for sick and disadvantaged children

Awardees of the GOLDENE ERBSE 2014

Anna Loos, actress and musician, awarded with many media prizes, supports, among other organizations, the children's hospice Sternenbrücke, the German Children's Social Aid Organization and the Arche e.V., and supports ONE in their fight against extreme poverty

Sir Rocco Forte, founder and chairman of Rocco Forte Hotels, many times distinguished hotelier, triathlon and fencing champion

Walter Kohl, entrepreneur and bestselling author, son of the former chancellor Helmut Kohl, advisor and life coach

Royston Maldoom, British choreographer and dance pedagogue, co-founder of the Community Dance Movement, head choreographer in „Rythm Is It!“, awarded with multiple prizes for his social engagement and his artistic work (i. a. Order of the British Empire)

Sir David Chipperfield, British architect, awarded many times, i. a. for the reconstruction of the New Museum in Berlin, ennobled for his merits in architecture in Great Britain and Germany

Awardees of the GOLDENE ERBSE 2013

Prof. Monika Grütters, MdB, federal government commissioner for culture and the media, board member of the foundation „Brandenburger Tor“, honorary professor for culture management , worked for several cultural institutions such as the German UNESCO Commission.
Ulrich Wickert, Journalist and Author, member of the "Plan Germany" board of trustees , founder of the „Ulrich Wickert Stiftung“, a foundation campaigning for children rights worldwide, officer of the Legion of Honour
Patricia Riekel, BUNTE editor-in-chief , publisher of Burda Style Group and chairperson of the TRIBUTE TO BAMBI Stiftung executive board, which supports initiatives against disease, neglect and social poverty.

Awardees of the GOLDENE ERBSE 2012

Vicky Leandros, famous singer, campaigns for children in Africa, fights for the prevention of drug abuse in children and adolescents as a member of “Mentor Foundation Germany”, supports “Ein Herz für Kinder”. 
Prof. Dr. Hermann Bühlbecker, owner of “Henry Lambertz” manufactory of gingerbread and other confectionary products, fights against poverty and AIDS within the scope of the Clinton Global Initiative, the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), the Elton John AIDS Foundation and many other international organizations.
Prof. Hans Georg Näder, owner of “Otto Bock HealthCare”, founder of the “Otto Bock Foundation”, raises funds with his campaign “Children in Need - Help for Haiti” and others to improve the medical and orthopedic supply of children worldwide.
Alfred Theodor Ritter, owner of “Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG” chocolate manufactory, founder of the CACAONICA project for sustainable agriculture in Nicaragua, protects the environment in producing with renewable energies only.


Awardees of the GOLDENE ERBSE 2011

Gail Halvorsen, retired career officer and command pilot in the United States Air Force, known as the “Candy Bomber” during the Berlin Blockade in 1948/49
Steffi Jones, former football international, promoter of women’s football as manager of the German Football Association DFB e. V., supporter of Mukoviszidose e. V. (German CF Association) and Sepp-Herberger-Foundation
Carmen Nebel, television host, supporter of Deutsche Krebshilfe (German Cancer Aid) and German Red Cross
Bettina Wulff, patroness of „Eine Chance für Kinder“ (A Chance for Children), Deutsche Kinder- und Jugendstiftung (German Children and Youth Foundation), Deutsches Müttergenesungswerk (German Mother Recovery Association) and UNICEF Germany

Awardees of the GOLDENE ERBSE 2010

Marion Horn, Chairwoman of “Ein Herz für Kinder – BILD hilft e.V.”
Iris Berben, Activist against anti-Semitism and promoter of tolerance
Stephanie zu Guttenberg, Chairwoman of “Innocence in Danger e.V.”

Awardees of the GOLDENE ERBSE 2009

Reinhold Messner, Famous Mountaineer and founder of the “Messner Mountain Museum“ in Bozen, Italy
Sabine Christiansen, German journalist, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and founder of the “Sabine Christiansen Children’s Foundation“
Dirk Rossmann, German businessman and founder of the “German Foundation World Population“

Awardees of the GOLDENE ERBSE 2008

Jette Joop, German fashion and juwelry designer
Children’s Embassador of the German Red Cross
Supporter of the German Green Cross, e.g. for the information campaigne against HPV (human papilloma virus)

Pfarrer Ernst Sieber, Swiss priest and social-critical author
Initiator of the “Stiftung Sozialwerke Pfarrer Sieber” (social foundation for drug addicts and homeless people)
Honorary doctor of the University of Zurich

Bernd Siggelkow, Berlin priest and author
Initiator of the charity organisation "Die Arche – Christliches Kinder- und Jugendwerk e.V.“, which provides places of refuge, advice and care for socially disadvantaged children in Berlin and other German cities

Awardees of the GOLDENE ERBSE 2007

Peter Maffay, Musician and producer of the rock fairytale Tabaluga and many sociocritical songs
Campaigns for abused and needy children throughout the world
Founder of the Peter Maffay Foundation for the support of children in need
Initiator of the project “Begegnungen – Eine Allianz Für Kinder” (Encounters – an Alliance for Children) in cooperation with artists from 13 countries and four continents

Henning Mankell, Swedish author of crime novels and numerous children’s and youth books
Originator of the “Theatro Avenida” in Maputo for the support of cultural life in Mozambique where there is a low level of literacy
Sponsor of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and generous supporter of SOS Children’s Villages

Heidi Oetinger, German publisher of Astrid Lindgren’s numerous children’s books
All her life, she supported children’s reading skills and understanding of literature
Knight 1st Class of the Royal Swedish Order of the North Star

Awardees of the GOLDENE ERBSE 2005

HRH Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, UNESCO ambassador, active in development aid and the abolition of child soldiers
President of the Luxembourg Red Cross
Patron of the Luxembourg department of the children’s charity SOS Children’s Villages
Member of the honorary committee of the Paralympics

Klaus Wowereit, Governing Mayor of Berlin since 2001
Sociopolitical involvements on behalf of culture, education and social matters
(e.g. membership in the German workers’ welfare association, in Ver.di, as well as in numerous cultural associations and sponsorship associations for maintaining Berlin’s schools)
Advocate of tolerance campaigns for homosexuals

Uwe-Karsten Heye, Secretary of State and government spokesman of the federal government from 1998 to 2002
Founding member and 1st chairman of the association “Gesicht Zeigen! Aktion weltoffenes Deutschland” to combat xenophobia and racism


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Patrons, awardees and presenters 2015

Patrons, awardees and presenters 2015. ©Cathrin Bach

Schirmherren, Preisträger und Laudatoren

Patrons, awardees and presenters 2014. ©Jürgen Sendel

Preisträger der Goldenen Erbse

The awardees of the GOLDENE ERBSE 2013 with speakers ©Jürgen Sendel

Preisträger der Goldenen Erbse

The awardees of the GOLDENE ERBSE 2012 - Alfred Theodor Ritter, Vicky Leandros, Prof. Dr. Hermann Bühlbecker and Julia Näder (replacing her father Prof. Hans Georg Näder)

The awardees of the GOLDENE ERBSE 2011 - Bettina Wulff, Gail Halvorsen and Carmen Nebel

The awardees of the GOLDENE ERBSE 2011 - Bettina Wulff, Gail Halvorsen and Carmen Nebel

The awardees of the GOLDENE ERBSE 2010 - Iris Berben, Marion Horn and Stephanie zu Guttenberg

The awardees of the GOLDENE ERBSE 2010 - Iris Berben, Marion Horn and Stephanie zu Guttenberg

The awardees of the GOLDENE ERBSE 2009 - Dirk Roßmann, Sabine Christiansen and Reinhold Messner

The awardees of the GOLDENE ERBSE 2009 - Dirk Roßmann, Sabine Christiansen and Reinhold Messner
with Silke Fischer

Jette Joop with Bernd Siggelkow and minister Ernst Sieber on the GOLDENE ERBSE award 2008
Jette Joop with Bernd Siggelkow and minister Ernst Sieber on the GOLDENE ERBSE award 2008


“When people used to call me a "peddler of fairy tales", I did not appreciate it very much. Nowadays, it makes me quite proud.”

Peter Maffay