Born June 18th, 1974 in Bonn to Indian parents – Malayalees from
the State of Kerala - who have been working in Germany since 1967 (Mother) and 1976 (Father). Had the distinction of being
elected – one of the very few foreign students in the School
– as the President of the Student Body for three consecutive
terms. This occurred as the “skin-head, anti-foreigner, racists
and neo-Nazi demonstrations" arose in Eastern Germany. Led a group of
students in 1993 for a dialogue with the “Skin-head”, at
the invitation of the Mayor of Hoyerswerda, the city in East Germany
where anti-foreigner violence first erupted.
in many languages – English, French, German, Russian, Spanish,
Malayalam – with a dual cultural tradition of India and Germany.
Passed the “Abitur” from a German Private Ecclesiastical
High School (Gymnasium); attended the same Gymnasium with my
younger sister, Regina, where both have been boarders.
Altar boy in our German Parish (St. Elisabeth) Church and at the School Chapel; volunteer service with the sick and the aged in hospitals during school vacations.
Travelled widely – as a 11-year old, stayed with an English
family in Southampton for six weeks and visited the United Kingdom
again a few years later. Visited the U.S.A. with my parents and
sister in 1987 for five weeks. Travelling from New York to Los Angeles,
from Boston to Houston, the Niagara Falls and Washington was a great
addition, I have had occasion to travel extensively in numerous
instances to various countries in Europe - Austria, Belgium, France, Poland and Switzerland on
skiing trips or on school exchange programmes. These various visits
have given me the opportunity to become acquainted and make friends
with a variety of peoples and to appreciate the unique perspective
of each of our lives.
the time of outbreaks of xenophobia in Germany, participated in
a panel discussion with the Mayor of Hoyerswerda (the City in East
Germany where violence against foreigners first erupted) in Bad
Muenstereifel. This was the largest meeting ever held in the city, which was attended by thousands of people from all over Germany and
was widely reported in the news media.
1992 I had the rare honour of meeting with Dr. Simon Wiesenthal,
the man internationally best known as the “Nazi Hunter”,
in Vienna (Austria), of which I wrote an article.
the German-French students’ exchange programme, to Fougères
(France) in 1988 and spoke at the reception hosted by the Mayor
of Fougères, the partner city in France, in French language.
as Paratrooper in the German Armed Forces (04/1995-03/1996).
Medical Doctor at the University Hospital Aachen (UKA) Germany
I am a former Canadian Ambassador (to three countries), an elected
Member of the International Council on Environmental Law (ICEL), a Member
of the International Jury for the awarding of the Elizabeth Haub
Prize for outstanding contribution to environmental law, and a former
Senior Advisor to a number of governments and international corporations.
I was General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of IATA in 1994.
my considered opinion, Prince is an unusually gifted student whose
record of achievement, both academically and socially, makes him
an excellent candidate for furthering his education. His multi-cultural
background, dedication to learning and – of equal importance
– his keen interest in widening his personal horizons, would
make him an ideal entrant to your prestigious institution, well-suited
to benefit from the opportunities afforded enriching his learning
and his overall experience.
known the family of Prince for many years and can attest to the
fact that education and self-betterment have always been at the
forefront of their concerns. Granting him the privilege of earning
a Harvard education would help enable him to realise not only his
but his family’s ambitions for this remarkable young man.
LORNE S. CLARK (Canada)
Although I have known his parents in Bonn, Germany, for many years
through IUCN (The International Union for the Conservation of Nature
and Natural Resources), I got to know Prince himself when he visited
Washington with his family in June 1989. Then the equivalent of
a high school sophomore, Prince was an engaging and inquiring first-time
visitor to the U.S. He balanced enthusiasm for what he had seen
and experienced on the trip with questions about how our government
works in practice and why there were so many homeless people to
be seen. I was impressed by his effort to reconcile his observations
with what he had read and been told about the U.S. I think his interest
in people is borne out in his voluntary hospital service and his
participation in student government. I believe his participation
in public discussions of recent reactions to foreigners in Germany
indicates that his commitment to human decency is genuine and that
he has learned how to work effectively with people of very different
sum, I think Prince shows great promise of having the skills and
maturity needed to be a citizen of the world. And his academic performance
demonstrates he would be an excellent student.
A. IRWIN (U.S.A.)
Prince is an exceedingly bright, vivacious, and motivated young
man. In addition to excelling in the rigorous academic curriculum
of a German Gymnasium, he has distinguished himself in an extraordinary
way. He is the son of Indian parents who have worked in Bonn, Germany
for many years. His strength character led his fellow gymnasium
students to elect him – one of the only foreign students in
the school - to be President of the student body (“School Speaker”).
This occurred as the “skin-head”, anti-foreigner, racists
and neo-Nazi demonstrations arose in East Germany. Prince went
to Hoyerswerda and met with all factions (including tense
meetings with skin-heads). In fluent German, he advocated
human respect, mutual good will, and argued anew for the humanitarian
tradition. He served all of us well, and was a credit to his gymnasium
teachers and parents.
would be attractive enough to recruit a bright young man, fluent
in various languages, with the dual cultural tradition of India
and Germany, conversant with European cultures and well versed in
world history. Prince is all of these. But to have a student who has personally confronted bigotry of race and fear of foreigners,
and has defended multi-cultural society, will bring you a student
whose life experience will enrich your faculty and students alike.
known Prince’s father for many years as a colleague at the
Environmental Law Centre of the International Union for the Conservation
of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN – The World Conservation
Union) in Bonn. His own work, to improve the quality of peoples
lives, in India and internationally, is exemplary, and he and his
wife have instilled this spirit in Prince and his younger sister.
He is genuinely public spirited, and I have enjoyed becoming acquainted
with him through his father.
not given to writing such strong letter of recommendation. For Prince
Joy, it is appropriate. No stronger candidate, academically or culturally,
could fill your entering class, admit him.
Nicholas A. Robinson
Pace University School of Law
White Plains, New York 10603
I met Prince Joy about one and half years ago when he called at
my office in Vienna in 1994. Having read my biographical book "Justice,
Not Vengeance" about my long years of work to bring to trial Nazi
war criminals, Prince was very persistent in his efforts to get
an appointment with me, in order to discuss the possibility of his
being of service to us. I thus became acquainted with a very bright
young man who impressed me with his candid manner and especially
with his intellectual curiosity. He demonstrated a genuine interest
in history and an eagerness to help.
has already realised that the gift of living in freedom is not one
that should be taken for granted; he is well-aware of the need to
fight against the “small injustices” of daily life –
as he has shown in his work as a student leader in Germany.
very happy about my continued acquaintance with Prince – not
only because I appreciate his support of the work of our Center
but also because I am convinced that it is only young people with
such strong character traits as his that will move the developments
on this earth in a positive direction. I certainly believe that
Prince Joy would be an asset to your college.
Director and Founder of the Documentation Center of
Jewish Victims of the Nazi Regime, Vienna (Austria)