German Government Awards High Honors to Two Jewish Leaders
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German Government Awards High Honors to Two Jewish Leaders

Two Jewish leaders active in Jewish communal work, have been awarded high honors by the West German Republic.

Dr. Richard Preuss, district attorney of West Berlin for two years before his retirement in 1955 and chairman of the West Berlin Jewish Community Honor Court, was awarded the Federal Grand Cross of Merit on his 70th birthday. Prior to the Hitler regime, Dr. Preuss was a high official in the Prussian Ministry of Justice.

The Federal Cross of Merit, First Class, was conferred on Adolf Shoyer, prominent businessman and Orthodox communal worker, on his 85th birthday. Joachim Lipschitz, West Berlin’s Minister of the Interior, presented the award, hailing Herr Schoyer as “a magnificent synthesis of Jewish and Prussian tradition.” The recipient, who fled to England during the November 1938 pogroms, returned to Berlin soon after the war to take a major role in negotiations on indemnification and in reestablishment of Jewish life in West Germany.

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