JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Announcing the Obermayer German Jewish History Awards for 2015 #general

Arthur Obermayer <obermayer@...>

The German Jewish Community History Council, which is sponsored by the
Berlin Parliament, the Obermayer Foundation, the Leo Baeck Institute and
the German SIG, is pleased to announce its Call for Nominations for the
annual Obermayer German Jewish History Awards to be given to non-Jewish
Germans who have made extraordinary contributions to preserving
vestiges of former Jewish life in their local communities, including
historical records, cultural material, cemeteries and synagogues.

The CALL FOR NOMINATIONS can be obtained at:

and the deadline for submission is September 22, 2014.

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.

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. As Jewish genealogists, we
have been the recipients of their good work.

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

This will be the 15th year for such awards, which will be given on
January 26, 2015 in Berlin. Each awardee and his/her spouse will be
invited on an all expenses paid trip to Berlin to receive the award at
the elegant Plenary Chamber of the Abgeordnetenhaus, the home of the
Berlin Parliament. 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.

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 worldwide media
coverage (

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:

You may obtain a hard copy of the Call for Nominations by sending an email request
to: or a letter to the:
German Jewish Community History Council
239 Chestnut Street
West Newton, MA 02465 USA

Remember that the deadline for submission of nominations is September 22, 2014.

Arthur Obermayer
West Newton, MA

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