For the first time, the prestigious Hesse Peace Prize, established in 1993 by the state of Hesse, was awarded posthumously. This year's recipient was Vivian Silver, a resident of Kibbutz Be'eri, known as a founder of the Women for Peace movement and the Ajeec organization, and a board member of B'Tselem.

Major German publications, including Bild, covered the award given to an Israeli citizen.

German Ambassador to Israel Steffen Seibert called Silver "an anchor of hope," praising her lifelong dedication to making the world a better place.

Vivian Silver, aged 74, was believed to be kidnapped by Hamas on October 7. Her body was identified in mid-November, confirming her death on on October 7.