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Germans Honored By Obermayer Foundation For Keeping Alive the Memory of Former Jewish Communities and Residents   By PRWEB

Berlin, Germany (PRWEB) January 24, 2013

Five non-Jewish Germans who preserved the memory of German Jewish communities destroyed by the Nazis will receive the Obermayer German Jewish History Awards. The awards will be presented on January 28th at the Berlin Parliament House, as part of its commemoration of international Holocaust Memorial Day.

What makes these awards unique is that the awardees were nominated by Jews, including Holocaust survivors. Most nominators live outside of Germany, but their families once lived in the awardees towns. The award winners are:

  • Klaus Beer: He wanted to join the Hitler Youth as a child, but in 1945, at the age of 12, he learned that he had a Jewish grandmother. Mr. Beer searched for his Jewish roots in Lower Saxony after retiring from a distinguished legal and judicial career, which included involvement in Holocaust reparations and trials for Nazi war crimes. Eventually, he learned that nineteen of his relatives had been killed by the Nazis.

Mr. Beer established contacts with long-lost Jewish family members, wrote essays about his family and helped to create a memorial to Jews in his ancestral town, Osterholz-Scharmbeck.