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Award Ceremony 2006

On Saturday 18 November 2006, the Jewish Museum Berlin proudly presented Daniel Barenboim and Helmut Panke with the Jewish Museum "Award for Understanding and Tolerance." The Museum presents this award annually to individuals who have promoted tolerance and understanding in an exceptional way. The presentation of the award took place as part of a gala celebration held at the Jewish Museum Berlin at which the Federal Chancellor, Angela Merkel, held the laudation for the BMW manager Helmut Panke. Former Federal President, Richard von Weizsäcker, delivered the speech honoring the conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim.

Daniel Barenboim, General Music Director of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden was honored for his commitment to promoting international understanding and his courageous efforts towards reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians. In founding the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim and the now deceased Palestinian literary scholar, Edward Said, created a unique institution which enables young people from Israel and the Arab States to overcome the boundaries separating them through the mutual love of music.

Helmut Panke was Chair of BMW AG Board until recently – a business personality who is strongly committed to meeting the challenges posed by society. This multi-facetted commitment focuses on numerous projects, exchange and training programs for children and young people against hostility towards strangers and violence. Intercultural learning and respect and tolerance in dealing with different cultures and religions form the basis of these projects.

The presentation of the award took place within the framework of the traditional gala dinner held at the Jewish Museum Berlin. A reception in the exhibition "Home and Exile. The Emigration of German Jews since 1933" commenced the evening, followed by the award ceremony in the Concert Hall of the Museum's Old Building. The gala dinner which concluded the evening also supported a worthy cause: the proceeds went towards the Museum's educational programs for children and young people. As at the preceding anniversary dinners, the guest list comprised prominent figures from the worlds of politics, business, culture, and the media.




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