September 26th, 2006

Leo Baeck Award 2006 for Munich publisher Hubert Burda

The Central Council of Jews in Germany has paid tribute to the Munich publisher Prof. Hubert Burda by awarding him the Leo Baeck Prize for 2006. In explaining this choice, the Central Council of Jews specifically praises Burda's commitment to reconciliation between Germans and Jews. Dr Burda has never left any room for doubt that Jewish thinking, sentiments and knowledge are an integral part of Germany's cultural history. The 65-year-old resolved that the achievements and contributions of German Jewry should not be condemned to oblivion after the terror of the Nazi years. To this end he has initiated and supported numerous projects, foundations and scientific forums. As a guardian of tolerance and reconciliation, Burda has encouraged differing cultures and religious communities to live together in peace, be it in Israel or in Germany. Burda's engagement to prevent forgetting has above all set an inspiring example to the generations born later.

Since 1956 the Central Council of Jews in Germany has honoured the memory of the Jewish academic and rabbi Leo Baeck (25 May 1873 - 2 November 1956) by awarding this prize named after him to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the Jewish community in this country.

The ceremony to award the Leo Baeck Prize for 2006 will be held in Berlin on Thursday, 2 November. The presentation address will be given by Dr Salomon Korn, Vice-President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany.

Berlin , 26 September 2006