Award for Understanding and Tolerance

Galadinner 2006, Concert with Daniel Barenboim (piano) and Nabil Shehata (Upright bass)

Since 2002, the Jewish Museum Berlin and the Friends and Patrons of the Jewish Museum Berlin have presented the annual Award for Understanding and Tolerance. The award honors businesspeople, cultural figures, and politicians who have rendered outstanding service in the interest of understanding and tolerance.

The award ceremony is traditionally held at an anniversary gala dinner to which the museum invites numerous friends and guests from the realms of politics, business, culture, and the media. The proceeds from the dinners go to support the museum’s educational work for children and youth.

"Tolerance is... anything but arbitrariness. Tolerance is the ability to engage in serious dialogue, accept that others think differently, and see them as an asset." This is how Chancellor Angela Merkel defined the word in 2006 in her speech presenting the award to Helmut Panke.

Award Winners

The following people have received the Award for Understanding and Tolerance to date:

Year awarded Award winner
2016 Renate Lasker-Harpprecht and Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, historical eyewitnesses
Hasso Plattner, businessman
2015 W. Michael Blumenthal, Founding Director of the Jewish Museum Berlin
2014 Hubert Burda, publisher
Wolfgang Schäuble, Federal Finance Minister
2013 Berthold Leibinger, associate of the TRUMPF Group
Iris Berben, actor
2012 Klaus Mangold, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Rothschild GmbH (Frankfurt and Moscow)
Richard von Weizsäcker, former President of Germany
2011 Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
2010 Jan Philipp Reemtsma, literature scholar
Hubertus Erlen, business executive
2009 Franz Fehrenbach and Christof Bosch, both as representatives of the Bosch company
Michael Verhoeven, film director
2008 Roland Berger, corporate consultant
Imre Kertész, Nobel Laureate in Literature
2007 Helmut Kohl, former Chancellor of Germany
Fritz Stern, historian
2006 Daniel Barenboim, General Music Director of the Berlin State Oper
Helmut Panke, business executive
2005 Heinz Berggruen, art collector and patron
Otto Graf Lambsdorff, former Federal Minister of Germany
2004 Michael Otto, businessman
Johannes Rau, former President of Germany
2003 Otto Schily, former Interior Minister of Germany
Friede Springer, publisher
2002 Berthold Beitz, former Chairman of the Curatorium of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen and Halbach Foundation
Heinrich von Pierer, former Chairman of the Siemens AG Board

Audio recording of the acceptance speech by the 2015 award winner, W. Michael Blumenthal (in German); Jewish Museum Berlin, 2015

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Lectures, book presentations, theatrical readings, panel discussions, and award ceremonies since 2005

Before the After Party

15 July 2017
Reading and talk with the author Molly Antopol, translator Patricia Klobusiczky and actor Katharina Marie Schubert (in German and English).

Yousef Abad

6 July 2017
Eliz Sanasarian and Elham Rokni on video art by Elham Rokni and the situation of Jews in Iran from the 1979 revolution to today.

The New Völkerwanderung
Book Presentation by Asfa Wossen Asserate

3 July 2017
Asfa-Wossen Asserate presents his latest book Die neue Völkerwanderung (The New Völkerwanderung) on the grievances of the EU’s Africa policy.

Peter Schäfer – "Two gods in heaven. Concepts of god in the ancient Jewish world"

12 June 2017
Peter Schäfer and Michael Wolffsohn on monotheism in Judaism and Christianity and concepts of a second god.

With Karamba to the Bundestag
My Journey from Senegal to the German Parliament

1 June 2017
Karamba Diaby tells of his birth country Senegal, of life in the GDR, his work in the Bundestag, and of his vision of an open and future-oriented society (in German).

Ariel Sabar
My Father’s Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq

11 May 2017
Reading and talk with the writer Ariel Sabar on the story of his father Yona Sabar, professor of the Neo-Aramaic language, and the Kurdish-Jewish history.

The Dress of the Unfaithful Wife
Artist Talk and Discussion on Women and Sexuality in Judaism

9 May 2017
Talk with Andi LaVine Arnovitz, Amy K. Milligan, Professor for Jewish Studies and Women's Studies, and Emily D. Bilski, art historian, on the role of women in religious Judaism.

Israelis in Germany
Ideological Debates and Changing Identities

4 May 2017
Talk and Slideshow with Dr. Dani Kranz and Katja Harbi from the University of Wuppertal on Israeli Jews in today's Germany (in German).

Im/Possibilities
Perspectives on Refugee Participation

29 March 2017
Conference on the situation for refugees in Europe and Germany. Recording of the opening event with a talk by Gurminder K Bhambra, Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK, followed by a panel discussion (in German and English).

Our Father: A Sinti Family Recounts

23 March 2017
Conversation and reading with the German-Sinti civil rights activist and author Anita Awosusi and her daughter Tayo Onutor about their family’s history (in German).

Europe Against the Jews. 1880-1945

22 February 2017
Historian Götz Aly and Daniel Cohn-Bendit discuss antisemitism in Eastern and Western Europe from 1880 to the present (in German).

The Acid Test
How Fear of Foreigners is Threatening our Democracy

16 February 2017
The Islamic studies and education scholar Lamya Kaddor reads from her book and discusses integration with Minister of State Aydan Özoğuz and Andreas Zick (in German).

Gottes Körper (God's Body)

13 February 2017
Christoph Markschies in conversation with Peter Schäfer about Christian conceptions of God and their roots in other ancient religions (in German).

All Sorts of Stories

21 November 2016
The actor Johanna Wokalek reads from Bertha Pappenheim’s German translation of the Maase book, a collection of Yiddish stories, fairy tales, and legends (in German).

Joshua Cohen:
You want a golem?

17 November 2016
Reading and conversation with Joshua Cohen and Caspar Battegay about the golem myth in the age of automation.

A Jew in Neukölln – My Path to Coexistence of Religions

19 October 2016
The theology student and writer Ármin Langer reads from his book and talks about Jewish life in Neukölln (in German).

The Clay Giant's Alive!

8 October 2016
Anke Kuhl reads from her comic about two kids and their golem, with musical accompaniment by the cellist Martin Klenk (in German).

Reading with Christian Berkel: Tevye the Dairyman

9 July 2016
To mark the 100th anniversary of Sholem Alejchem’s death, the actor Christian Berkel will read from the new translation of the book Tevye the Dairyman

Herzl reloaded – It’s No Fairytale

7 July 2016
Staged reading. Doron Rabinovici, writer and historian, and Natan Sznaider, sociologist, have a fictional email correspondence with Theodor Herzl, the founder of Zionism (in German).

Ludwig Haas – A Left-liberal Campaigner for Peace and Democracy

9 June 2016
Symposium with Evening Lecture by Gerhart Baum on the liberal Campaigner Ludwig Haas (1875-1930) and "Perspectives of Left-wing Liberalism Today".

The Holocaust and the Problem of Visual Representation

30 May 2016
Talk with artist and exhibition curator Peter Weibel about Boris Lurie and visual representation of the Holocaust (in German).

Helga Krohn: Bruno Asch

19 May 2016
Reading and talk with Helga Krohn on the local politician and socialist Bruno Asch.

Angst ums Abendland (Fears For the West)
Book Presentation with Daniel Bax

6 April 2016
Talk with Daniel Bax and Gideon Botsch on Right-wing populist parties, anti-Muslim sentiments, flight and asylum (in German).

Award for Understanding and Tolerance

14 November 2015
Acceptance speech by the 2015 award winner: W. Michael Blumenthal, Founding Director of the Jewish Museum Berlin (in German).

Béla Guttmann - The World History of Football in one Person

4 August 2015
The writer Detlev Claussen presents his book about the Hungarian-Jewish soccer coach Béla Guttmann (in German).

Attempts to Describe Anti-Semitism

22 April 2015
Book presentation and discussion on the history of antisemitism research before 1944 with Hans-Joachim Hahn, Olaf Kistenmacher, Dr. Werner Treß, and Franziska Krah (in German).

From a Berlin Farce to a Story of Success

2 March 2015
The writer Daniel Bussenius talks with Inka Bertz and Heinrich Wefing, reporter from Die Zeit, about the museum’s development from 1971 to 2001 (in German).

The Realignment of "Education after Auschwitz" in Immigration Society

27 January 2015
Book presentation and panel discussion with the author Rosa Fava, Angela Kühner (University of Frankfurt), Selman Erkovan, history teacher in training, and Marco Kühnert, a guide at the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial, Hamburg (in German).

The Book of Job. Aesthetics, Ethics, Hermeneutics

21 January 2015
The editors of a volume of essays about the Book of Job, Leora Batnitzky (Princeton) and Ilana Pardes (Jerusalem), in conversation with Vivian Liska (in German and English).

What’s your "Heimat"?

14 November 2014
W. Michael Blumenthal, Founding Director of the Jewish Museum Berlin, and Monika Grütters, Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, talk about culture, religion, and being at home in a foreign place (in German).

Zimzum. God and the creation of the world

30 October 2014
Author Christoph Schulte talks with Micha Brumlik and Vivian Liska about his book on the notion of zimzum (tzimtzum) in Jewish mysticism (in German).

Hebrew Worlds – On the Presence of Ancient Texts in Modern Ivrith

27 October 2014
Anne Birkenhauer, a translator and the August Wilhelm Schlegel Guest Professor of the German Translation Fund and the FU Berlin, gives her inaugural lecture (in German).

Forgotten Soldiers?

3 September 2014
Historian Tim Grady presents his research on the commemoration of German-Jewish soldiers from the First World War.

The pictures are among us

7 April 2014
Presentation of a book about the treatment and business of art stolen by the Nazis and the Gurlitt case with the writer Stefan Koldehoff and Michael Naumann (in German).

Modernized, then Tolerated?

10 October 2013
Panel discussion with Micha Brumlik, Petra Bahr, Kadir Sanci, and Thomas Bauer about religion and navigating between tradition and adaptation (in German).

1933: Denial, Opposition, and Protest

8 August 2013
Talk by Wolf Gruner about his research into German Jews’ responses to Nazi persecution (in German).

Peter Schäfer: The Origins of Jewish Mysticism

25 June 2012
Panel discussion between the author Peter Schäfer, Christoph Markschies, and Micha Brumlik about Schäfer’s book on the history of early Jewish mysticism (in German).

The History of Jews and Dönme in Turkey

31 January 2011
The Turkish studies scholar Corry Guttstadt and the historian Marc Baer discuss the history of Jews and Dönme (converts) in Turkey (in German).

Perrine Simon-Nahum: Jews in France Today

29 November 2010
Talk by Perrine Simon-Nahum about her book on the circumstances of Jews in France, both past and present.

W. Michael Blumenthal: Around the World in Eighty Years. My Life

30 September 2010
W. Michael Blumenthal, Founding Director of the Jewish Museum Berlin, presents his memoir (in German).

Jewish Youth Movement in Germany

22 May 2010
German-language talk by Ulrike Pilarczyk and panel discussion with Micha Brumlik, Hans Jakob Ginsburg, Stefanie Schüler-Springorum, and Moshe Zuckermann about the history of the Zionist youth movement in Germany (in German).

Dialogues on Jewish Present: On the Question of Redemption – Messianism and the End of Days

10 December 2009
Reading and discussion with Moshe Idel, Elliot R. Wolfson, and Micha Brumlik about the Messianic promise of redemption and its relevance in the twenty-first century.

Walther Rathenau's Life: Text and Context

15 October 2009
Talk by Shulamit Volkov about the life of the writer, politician, and industrialist Walther Rathenau (in German).

Migrants Moving History

25 October 2008
Talk by Saskia Sassen about immigration, diversity, and future prospects for dealing with history and citizenship in multiethnic societies.

Self Displaced Person. Peter Szondi's Problematic Judaism

3 December 2007
Talk by Andreas Isenschchmid about the life and work of the literary scholar Peter Szondi (in German).

Painted in words. The portrait of a lost time

10 October 2007
Reading and conversation with the artist Samuel Bak about his family’s story and his survival as a child in German-occupied Vilnius (in German).

A synagogue curtain at the Brandenburg Cathedral Chapter

23 November 2006
Talk by Vera Bendt about a synagogue curtain that was discovered at the Brandenburg Cathedral Chapter, where it had been listed in records as an altar curtain (in German).

Exile in Shanghai

14 November 2006
Conversation between W. Michael Blumenthal and Horst Eisfelder about the time they both spent in Shanghai, where 18,000 Jews from Germany had taken refuge (in German).

The place of psychoanalysis in the history of the Jews

30 May 2005
Talk by Eli Zaretsky about the influence of psychoanalysis on Judaism and the place of psychoanalysis in Jewish history.

Breaking Ground

25 January 2005
In conversation with Susanne Weingarten, Daniel Libeskind presents his autobiography Breaking Ground: Adventures in Life and Architecture.

The Fragile Foundation: The Quest for German-Jewish “Normalcy”

30 September 2003
Salomon Korn reads essays from his book about Jewish life in Germany, Jewish culture and remembrance, architecture, and politics (in German).

Times of Commemoration: On Jewish Histories and Others

24 June 2003
Book presentation by the historian Dan Diner about remembering the twentieth century as an era of violence, forced displacement, and genocide (in German).

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