Berlin Jewish museum to honor Kohl


The Jewish Museum in Berlin will give its annual prize to a former German chancellor and a German-American historian.

The prize for understanding and tolerance will be presented to Helmut Kohl and historian Fritz Stern in the museum’s new glass-enclosed courtyard on Nov. 17. Former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Holbrooke will take part in the ceremony.

Kohl is to be recognized for making the relationship between Israel and Germany a cornerstone of German foreign policy, and for his commitment to opening Germany to Jewish emigres from the former Soviet Union, the Museum announced.

Stern, who was born in Breslau, then part of Germany, is to be honored for writings that contribute to reconciliation between Germans and Jews. The Stern family fled Nazi Germany for the United States in 1938 and Stern has been committed to building German-American relations as well as German-Polish relations.

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