The Profiles in Courage Award 1992.
The Kennedy Society has decided to award former Prime Minister
Anker Joergensen, Member of Parliament, with John F. Kennedy's book "Profiles
in Courage" for the year 1992.
For his courage throughout many years to work for justice and humanity, room
for all people and his great efforts to make opponents meet - in his search:
"To seek a newer world".
In the 1960’ies and 70’ies Anker Joergensen showed courage in participating
in the democratic opposition against the bombings and land warfare in Vietnam.
In spite of hard criticism at home and abroad he maintained the legitimate criticism.
This was in accordance with the statement made by Robert F. Kennedy in 1967
in his book "To seek a newer world": "Guns and bombs cannot fill
empty stomachs or educate children, cannot build homes or heal the sick. But
these are the ends for which men establish and obey governments", from
Robert F. Kennedy's "To seek a newer world" page 192 and from Anker
Joergensen: "From my diaries 1972 - 1975", page 29.
During the opening of the NATO meeting in Copenhagen on 14 June 1973, Anker
Jørgensen showed courage by stating that NATO is "an organisation
for defence of democracy to ensure that weapons are not used to suppress freedom
and prevent social development". "From my diaries 1972 - 1975",
In Middelfart on 5 November 1973 Anker Joergensen showed his courage to defend
what he believed is the truth and justice in the Middle East. Although alone
in his conviction he defended his attitudes. Since then he has both in theory
and practise shown courage to work for understanding and negotiations with all
parties and all states in strained conflicts. "From my diaries 1972-75",
page 189-190 and page 209.
Anker Joergensen has shown courage to maintain a co-operation between East and
West. This was expressed in the important Danish contribution at the Helsingfors
Treaty in 1975, cf. "From my diaries 1975-77", page 154-168 and Anker
Joergensen's speech in Helsingfors on 31 July 1975.
Along the lines of John F. Kennedy's similar attitudes Prime Minister Anker
Joergensen also had the courage to say no to the neutron bomb, cf. "From
my diaries 1978-82", pages 27, 31 and 32. These courageous attitudes has
later characterized Anker Joergensen. These attitudes are always current when
we have to relate to the present challenges.