Wednesday, December 2, at the Jewish Museum Berlin German Chancellor Angela Merkel was awarded the prize named after Abraham Geiger, according to Deutsche Welle.
As explained by the jury, the head of the German government awarded the prestigious award of merit for Judaism: «It is the guarantor of freedom of religion in modern society. In times of increasing anti-Semitism in Europe and Germany, its unbreakable solidarity is the basis of trust with the Jewish community».
In response, the Chancellor thanked him for the award. She noted that takes very seriously any concerns of the Jewish community in Germany. This also applies to the current situation with refugees, many of whom come to Germany from countries where anti-Semitism has long been a part of everyday life.
Merkel reiterated that everyone who needs protection can find it in Germany, but the migrants should respect the country’s Constitution, which clearly prohibits discrimination on religious grounds, including any manifestations of anti-Semitism. «The fight against all crimes of anti-Semitism will be conducted consistently with the use of all legal mechanisms,» he said.
Award named after Abraham Geiger was founded in 2000 on the occasion of the opening of the eponymous College at the University of Potsdam. It is awarded for merit to Judaism and contribution to the development of a pluralistic society.
The previous holder of the award, in particular, was the former Minister of education and research of Germany Annette shavan, awarded for merits in the return of Judaism to the program of German universities.
The prize is 10 thousand euros. Angela Merkel has already announced that it intends to give the money to the Society in the name of Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich to support its projects on interreligious dialogue.