German SIG #Germany Obermayer Award News Coverage #germany

John Lowens <jplowens@...>

Thanks to Yvonne Stern in Rio I've been alerted to an article in
English about the 2007 Obermayer German Jewish History Award winners.

(The website is that of the JTA "Global News Service of the Jewish People".)
The article begins:

"BERLIN, Feb. 7 (JTA) Lars Menk, a non-Jew, calls himself "meshuga."
Instead of taking a lucrative job in advertising, the Berliner
resident became a letter carrier so he'd have more time to pursue his
passion of researching German Jewish names.

Menk's 800-page volume with the etymology and geographical origins of 13,000
such names, collected on adventures across Germany, was published recently.

"I loved it," Menk said of his cross-country tour. "I took pictures, I
collected documents."

Menk, 45, was one of five people to receive this year's Obermayer German Jewish
History Awards in a ceremony at the Berlin Parliament House. The event was among
several in Germany marking Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan. 27."

Other coverage of this year's awardees is in German and can be found
via links at the Obermayer Award website:

Thanks again to GerSIG's world news alert volunteer, Yvonne Stern.

John Paul Lowens, Suburban NY JPL25@... GerSIG Coordinator

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