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Prize for Understanding and Tolerance


German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble (member of the Bundestag) and publisher Hubert Burda

Anniversary dinner 2014, the two winners German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble (member of the Bundestag) and publisher Hubert Burda following the award ceremony for the Prize for Understanding and Tolerance. © Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Ausserhofer/Wagenzik

Anniversary dinner 2013, laudator Ulrich Raulff, Regine Leibinger, who accepted the award on behalf of her father Berthold Leibinger, his wife Doris Leibinger, award winner Iris Berben, laudator Frank-Walter Steinmeier and W. Michael Blumenthal (from left to right)

Anniversary dinner 2013, laudator Ulrich Raulff, Regine Leibinger, who accepted the award on behalf of her father Berthold Leibinger, his wife Doris Leibinger, award winner Iris Berben, laudator Frank-Walter Steinmeier and W. Michael Blumenthal (from left to right)
© Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Pietschmann / Wagenzik

Former Federal President Richard von Weizsäcker, W. Michael Blumenthal, Klaus Mangold and Federal President Joachim Gauck (from left to right)

Former Federal President Richard von Weizsäcker, W. Michael Blumenthal, Klaus Mangold and Federal President Joachim Gauck (from left to right) © Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Pietschmann, Wagenzik, Ausserhofer

Anniversary dinner 2011, Museum director W. Michael Blumenthal presents Chancellor Angela Merkel the Prize for Understanding and Tolerance

Anniversary dinner 2011, Museum director W. Michael Blumenthal presents Chancellor Angela Merkel the Prize for Understanding and Tolerance © Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Lopata/Wagenzik Team

Anniversary dinner 2010, W. Michael Blumenthal, Jan Philipp Reemtsma, former Federal President Christian Wulff, and Hubertus Erlen

Anniversary dinner 2010, W. Michael Blumenthal and former Federal President Christian Wulff with award winners Jan Philipp Reemtsma, and Hubertus Erlen © Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: F. Bolk / A. Wagenzik

Former Federal President Horst Köhler with award winners Franz Fehrenbach, Michael Verhoeven, and Christof Bosch

Anniversary dinner 2009, former Federal President Horst Köhler with award winners Franz Fehrenbach, Michael Verhoeven, and Christof Bosch © Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: S. Pietschmann / G. Lopata

The award winners Roland Berger and Imre Kertész with laudators Hildegard Hamm-Brücher and Michael Naumann

Anniversary dinner 2008, the award winners Roland Berger and Imre Kertész with laudators Hildegard Hamm-Brücher and Michael Naumann © Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Bildschön

Award winner Helmut Kohl holding his acceptance speech

Anniversary dinner 2007, award winner Helmut Kohl holding his acceptance speech © Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Bildschön

W. Michael Blumenthal, award winner Fritz Stern and laudator Richard C. Holbrooke

Anniversary dinner 2007, W. Michael Blumenthal, award winner Fritz Stern and laudator Richard C. Holbrooke © Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Bildschön

Award winner Helmut Panke holding his acceptance speech

Anniversary dinner 2006, award winner Helmut Panke holding his acceptance speech © Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: eventfotografen.de, Berlin - Basel

Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and W. Michael Blumenthal in the Museum foyer

Anniversary dinner 2006, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and W. Michael Blumenthal in the Museum foyer © Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: eventfotografen.de, Berlin - Basel

Award winner Daniel Barenboim (grand piano) and Nabil Shehata (double bass)

Anniversary dinner 2006, Award winner Daniel Barenboim gave a short concert following the award ceremony © Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: eventfotografen.de, Berlin - Basel

W. Michael Blumenthal, Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff, who accepted the prize on behalf of his father Otto Graf Lambsdorff (in blessed memory), laudator Salomon Korn

Anniversary dinner 2005, W. Michael Blumenthal, Nikolaus Graf Lambsdorff, who accepted the prize on behalf of his father Otto Graf Lambsdorff (in blessed memory), laudator Salomon Korn © Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Stephan Schraps

W. Michael Blumenthal and laudator Michael Naumann present Heinz Berggruen with the award

Anniversary dinner 2005, W. Michael Blumenthal and laudator Michael Naumann present art collector and patron Heinz Berggruen (in blessed memory) with the award © Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Stephan Schraps

W. Michael Blumenthal, Christina Rau, Michael Otto, Kurt Biedenkopf, Gerhard Schröder

Anniversary dinner 2004, W. Michael Blumenthal, Christina Rau, who accepted the prize on behalf of her husband, the former Federal President Johannes Rau (in blessed memory), award winner Michael Otto, Kurt Biedenkopf, Gerhard Schröder © Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Johannes Eisele

Award winner Otto Schily holding his acceptance speech

Anniversary dinner 2003, award winner Otto Schily holding his acceptance speech © Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Bildschön

W. Michael Blumenthal, award winner Friede Springer, and laudator Richard von Weizäcker

Anniversary dinner 2003, W. Michael Blumenthal, award winner Friede Springer, and laudator Richard von Weizäcker © Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Henry H. Herrmann

W. Michael Blumenthal, Else Beitz, and award winner Berthold Beitz

Anniversary dinner 2002, W. Michael Blumenthal, Else Beitz, and award winner Berthold Beitz © Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Stephan Schraps

Anniversary dinner 2002, W. Michael Blumenthal, Else Beitz, and award winner Berthold Beitz © Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Stephan Schraps

"Tolerance is […] anything but arbitrariness. Tolerance is the ability to engage in wholehearted dialog, to accept the differing opinions of others, and to see them as enrichment."
Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel
(From the laudation for the prize winner Helmut Panke on 18 November 2006)

Two millennia of German-Jewish history illustrate the societal worth of treating one another with respect regardless of ethical, cultural, and religious values, and remind us of the high price of intolerance for all involved.

In this vein, the Jewish Museum Berlin began in 2002 to honor individuals who have promoted tolerance and understanding in an exceptional way. The presentation of the "Prize for Understanding and Tolerance" is traditionally made at a gala dinner to which the museum invites numerous friends and guests from the worlds of politics, business, culture, and the media. The proceeds of these evenings go towards the Museum’s educational programs for children and young people.
 

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Johanna Brandt
Leiterin der Geschäftsstelle Gesellschaft der Freunde und Förderer der Stiftung Jüdisches Museum Berlin e.V.
Tel: +49 (0)30 259 93 553
Fax: +49 (0)30 259 93 432
j.brandt[at]jmberlin.de

The following people have been awarded the Jewish Museum Berlin "Prize for Understanding and Tolerance": Berthold Beitz, Chairman of the Curatorium of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen and Halbach Foundation, and Heinrich von Pierer, former Chairman of the Siemens Board (2002); the former Federal Minister for Internal Affairs Otto Schily and the publisher Friede Springer (2003); the entrepreneur Michael Otto and former Federal President Johannes Rau, who died in 2006 (2004); the art collector and patron Heinz Berggruen, who died in 2007, and the politician Otto Graf Lambsdorff (2005); General Music Director of the Berlin State Opera Daniel Barenboim and BMW manager Helmut Panke (2006); former Chancellor Helmut Kohl and the historian Fritz Stern (2007); corporate consultant Roland Berger and the Hungarian Nobel Laureate in Literature Imre Kertész (2008); Franz Fehrenbach, chairman of the board of management of the Robert Bosch GmbH, and Christof Bosch, representative of the family and member of the board of trustees of the Robert Bosch Foundation GmbH, who accepted the prize on behalf of the Bosch group, and the film director Michael Verhoeven (2009); the literary scholar Jan Philipp Reemtsma and the business executive Hubertus Erlen (2010); Klaus Mangold, Chairman of the Rothschild Advisory Board, Frankfurt and Moscow, and former Federal President Richard von Weizsäcker (2012); Berthold Leibinger, associate, TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG, Ditzingen, and the actress Iris Berben (2013); and, most recently, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble (member of the Bundestag) and publisher Hubert Burda (2014).

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