Six German initiatives were honored in Berlin for their work to commemorate local Jewish history. The award winners set an example for the memory of Jewish life in Germany before the Holocaust and opposed anti-Semitism, said the US Obermayer Foundation on Monday.
The award, each endowed with 1,000 euros, went to the amateur football club FC Ente Bagdad from Mainz and the teacher Jörg Friedrich from St. Wendel in Saarland, among others. A former elementary school teacher from Kenzingen in Baden-Württemberg, the Verein Zweitzeugen from Essen and the author Marion Welsch from Kleinmachnow in Brandenburg were also honored, as was a couple from Bad Kissingen.
The Obermayer Awards were established in 2000 by Arthur S. Obermayer (1931-2016), an American entrepreneur and philanthropist, and his wife Judith. The award ceremony in Berlin is supported financially and organizationally by the House of Representatives. Co-sponsor is the Leo Baeck Institute in New York.