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German Jewish History Award recipients include man who once wanted to join Hitler Youth
Berlin, Germany (PRWEB) January 24, 2013
Five non-Jewish Germans who preserved the memory of German Jewish communities destroyed by the Nazis will receive the Obermayer German Jewish History Awards. The awards will be presented on January 28th at the Berlin Parliament House, as part of its commemoration of international Holocaust Memorial Day.
What makes these awards unique is that the awardees were nominated by Jews, including Holocaust survivors. Most nominators live outside of Germany, but their families once lived in the awardees’ towns. The award winners are:
Mr. Beer established contacts with long-lost Jewish family members, wrote essays about his family and helped to create a memorial to Jews in his ancestral town, Osterholz-Scharmbeck.
“Without him, no one in Rehmsdorf would ever know about the Nazis' atrocities against the Jewish people,” according to one nominator, the niece of a prisoner at Wille.
The Obermayer Awards, now in their 13th year, were established by Arthur Obermayer, an American entrepreneur who will speak at the awards ceremony along with Ralf Wieland, President of the House of Representatives of Berlin. The ceremony will be available live via a streaming video webcast at http://www.parlament-berlin.de/pari/web/wdefault.nsf/vHTML/B01-00617?OpenDocument on January 28 at noon, EST.
The awards are co-sponsored by the German Jewish Community History Council, the Office of the President of the Berlin Parliament, and the German Jewish Special Interest Group of JewishGen. Information about the nominating process can be found at http://www.obermayer.us/award/nominate.htm.
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