Important updates and news about the Obermayer German Jewish History program #germany
JewishGen German Research Division Coordinator
Widen the Circle, (a newly established division of the Obermayer
Foundation) in cooperation with the President of the Berlin House of
Representatives, the Leo Baeck Institute, and GerSIG, is pleased to
announce the Call for Nominations for the 2020 Obermayer German Jewish
In recent decades, many individuals and organizations in Germany have
worked creatively and selflessly to preserve, raise awareness of, and
breathe new life into the Jewish history and culture in their communities.
Their work crosses many realms and is making history and some of its
most profound lessons accessible to current-day audiences.
Each year, the Obermayer Germany Jewish History Awards recognize a select
group who are engaged in this work.
Awardees' activities have included such things as:
* Restoration of synagogues, cemeteries, and other cultural sites
* Researching and synthesizing first-person accounts, histories, and
* Informal education and storytelling via public programs and exhibitions
* Formal educational activities focused on schools and other education
* Development of websites, videos, publications, and other media
* Musical/dramatic performance or artistic creation
* Installation of Holocaust memorials and stolpersteine
* Forging connections with the descendants of former residents of a
community or region
The call for nominations can be obtained at
**** The deadline for submission is September 8, 2019. ****
The original award program was initiated by Dr. Arthur S. Obermayer (1931-2=
Awards are administered and supported by Widen the Circle, a division
of the Obermayer Foundation established in 2019.
GerSIG co-founder Karen Franklin is president of the jury.
In addition, to mark their 20th anniversary, the Obermayer German
Jewish History Awards are expanding.
The new Anniversary Awards will focus on those who, through innovative
efforts, find ways to use the lessons of history to fight against current
prejudice and racism. These individuals and organizations are changing
attitudes that lead to intolerance, as well as fostering the kind of
understanding among different cultures that prevents prejudice from
For more information about the Anniversary
Awards, read the complete description and criteria.
For the original Obermayer German Jewish History Awards, nominees'
contributions are evaluated for public impact, educational
relevance and enduring value. Nominees may have done the work either
largely on a volunteer basis or gone far beyond what
would be expected >from their paid, professional, or academic work.
The scope of work outlined in the profiles of previous recipients may
be used as a guideline; other significant contributions are also welcome.
Many of you previously submitted nominations. Those nominees who were
not successful may be eligible for this year's awards by submitting
an updated application. Instructions may be found on the Obermayer web site:
The formal award ceremony will take place in Berlin on January 27,
2020 at the Abgeordnetenhaus, the home of the Berlin Parliament, and it is
preceded by a banquet the previous evening. The ceremony and the
awards receive extensive press coverage in the awardees' communities,
throughout Germany, and internationally (see
Arrangements for Awardees and Nominators
Awardees will receive an honorarium to be used for the furtherance of
their work. Travel, hotel, and banquet expenses for each awardee and one
spouse or guest will also be covered. Successful nominators are also
invited to attend all of the award ceremony events in Berlin, where they
will meet with the award recipients they have chosen to honor.
**** Widen the Circle ****
Widen the Circle is a division of the Obermayer Foundation established
in 2019 to oversee the foundation's programs related to tolerance,
reconciliation, and intercultural understanding, including administering the
Obermayer German Jewish History Awards. Widen the Circle seeks to
build a tolerant future through a shared understanding of the past that
promotes healing, as well as opens a path to dialog and mutual trust
For more information about Widen the Circle, see https://widenthecircle.org
For additional information, see http://www.obermayer.us/award. If you
would like to submit a nomination, additional information, including
the Call for Nominations and profiles of previous award winners and the
jury, can be obtained at: http://www.obermayer.us/award.
You may obtain a hard copy of the Call for Nominations by sending an
email request to firstname.lastname@example.org or a letter to:
Widen the Circle
c/o Obermayer Foundation
15 Grey Stone Path
Dedham, MA 02026 USA
*** Remember that the deadline for submission of nominations is
September 8, 2019.
Betty Solbjor , Dedham, Mass. (on behalf of the Widen the Circle)