Awardsfor exceptional devotion to the recovery of the Jewish past in Germany.

In my last "Letter", I reported that the Wiener Library, London had created a prestigious award for Germans, who have voluntarily, substantially at their own expense, and for a period of at least 10 years had worked on one or more aspects of recovering the history and culture of Jews in their neighbourhood, or have restored synagogues and mikvoth, cleaned and recorded cemeteries, disseminated their newly-gained knowledge by publications, lectures, conduc- ted tours, arranged concerts of Jewish music etc. and helped Jewish family genealogists all over the world.

The vetting committee pronounced those put forward for the 2001 Awards as "richly deserving".

The Awards have four principal aims: firstly to express appreciation, secondly, to encourage others, perhaps motivated by a wide press coverage, to contribute to this work, thirdly, to raise the local profile of the volunteers and finally, to contribute to the reconcilliation of the present generation of Germans and German Jews (reconcilliation does not mean forgetting: we can't forget, "they" must not!)

While I was asked to nominate the first three winners for the Award, which were all in Francoina - and was asked to make the Awards on behalf of the Institute in 2000, this year the Institute selected four very remarkable people unknown to me from other parts of Germany.

If you know anyone whose work might qualify for the Award, please write to

Ms. Katherine Klinger
Institute of Contemporary History and Wiener Library
4 Devonshire Street
London, W1W 5BH, Great Britain
The stringent rules for the award mean that meritorious persons who are paid or partly paid for their work cannot be considered.


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