DEADLINE REMINDER: September 20, 2005 for the Obermayer German Jewish History Awards #germany

Arthur Obermayer <obermayer@...>

The German-Jewish Community History Council, GerSIG and the Berlin
Parliament would to remind you that the deadline for submission of
nominations for the the annual Obermayer German Jewish History Awards is
September 20, 2005. These awards are to be given to non-Jewish Germans
who have made extraordinary contributions to preserving the Jewish
history, culture, cemeteries and synagogues in their local communities.

Thousands of Germans have carried out such activities as volunteers
because they feel it is the right thing to do - the preservation of
Jewish material is one of the few ways in which they can respond
constructively to their country's horrible past. We, as Jewish
genealogists, have been the recipients of their good work. This award
provides Jews throughout the world with the opportunity to recognize and
honor German individuals who, in many cases, have devoted their
lifetimes to such important endeavors.

The deadline for submission of nominations is September 20, 2005.

Many of you previously submitted worthy nominations. Those nominees who
have already received Certificates of Commendation are prime candidates
for this year's awards, and will only require updating of the submissions.

This will be the sixth year for such awards, which will be given on
January 25, 2006. Each awardee and their spouse will be invited on an
all expenses paid trip to Berlin to receive the award at the Plenary
Chamber of the Abgeordnetenhaus, the home of the Berlin Parliament. The
honorees will receive a framed certificate and an honorarium to be used
for the furtherance of their work. Awardees' contributions will be
described to attendees and to the local, national and international news media.

These awards have in the past received extensive coverage in American
newspapers, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Miami
Herald, and the Boston Globe. It has also received coverage by the
Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the Associated Press, and a great many German
daily and weekly newspapers, as well as specific articles in American
Jewish weeklies, as well as numerous overseas newspapers, such as
Ha'aretz and the Jerusalem Post.

If you know someone who may be appropriate for nomination, further
information -- including the Call for Nominations and profiles of
previous award winners and the jury -- can be obtained at:

Remember that the deadline for submission of nominations is September 20, 2005.

Arthur Obermayer West Newton, MA

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