The Holocaust survivor Margot Friedländer received the Federal Cross of Merit, 1st Class. Berlin's Governing Mayor Franziska Giffey (SPD) honored the 101-year-old on Monday in the Red City Hall in Berlin. According to the Senate Chancellery, Friedländer had already been awarded the Cross of Merit with Ribbon eleven years ago. In 2016 she received the Order of Merit of the State of Berlin.
"In an admirable way, Margot Friedländer bears witness to her life, to the persecution in National Socialist Berlin, to the fate of her family and to the Holocaust," Giffey said a few days ago, according to a statement about Friedländer. Kai Wegner, head of the CDU Berlin, described the awardee as a "personality of the century" who repeatedly reminds us that freedom, justice and democracy are not a matter of course.
A bust of Friedländer by the artist Stephanie von Dallwitz was also unveiled at the ceremony on Monday. "With the sculpture by Margot Friedländer in the Red Town Hall, we are showing in a prominent place that all the Berlin Jews who were expelled, deported or murdered by the inhuman National Socialist regime have their place in our city hall," Giffey said in the statement quoted.