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Prize for Under­standing and Tolerance

Every year since 2002, the Jewish Museum Berlin (JMB) and the Society of Friends and Supporters of the Jewish Museum Berlin Foundation have jointly awarded the Prize for Understanding and Tolerance.

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Prize for Understanding and Tolerance

This prize honors individuals in politics, business and culture who have made an exceptional contribution to understanding and tolerance, the promotion of human dignity, the integration of minorities and the coexistence of different religions and cultures.

The JMB publishes the current year’s prizewinner in the press section of its website.

The award ceremony traditionally takes place within the framework of a gala dinner, to which the museum welcomes numerous friends and supporters from politics, business, culture and media. Proceeds from the evening’s donations support the educational work of the museum.

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Prize for Under­standing and Tolerance; Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Svea Pietschmann / David Ausserhofer

Award Winners

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

Year awarded Award winner
2021 Charlotte Knobloch, President of the Jewish Community of Munich and Upper Bavaria
Daniel Libeskind, architect
2020 Madeleine K. Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State
Igor Levit, pianist
2019 Heiko Maas, German Minister of Foreign Affairs
Anselm Kiefer, artist
2018 Susanne Klatten, entrepreneur
David Grossman, writer
2017 Joachim Gauck, former President of Germany
Joe Kaeser, CEO of Siemens AG
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
“If you reject the status quo and work to build a better, more tolerant world, you can improve the world and ensure a better future.”
(Daniel Libeskind, award acceptance speech 2021)

Contact FRIENDS OF THE JMB

Johanna Brandt
Managing Director
T +49 (0)30 259 93 553
j.brandt@jmberlin.de

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