German chancellor Angela Merkel honored with the Leo Baeck medal

German chancellor Angela Merkel has been awarded the Leo Baeck medal for her work in German-Jewish reconciliation. She accepted the honor at a ceremony in New York on Tuesday, Sep. 21, 2010. The Leo Baeck Institute presented its first medal ever to a serving German head of government for Merkel’s work in cultivating a good relationship between Germans and Israel, and Germans and world Jewry. At the award ceremony, former US Treasury Secretary W. Michael Blumenthal, who is head of the Jewish Museum in Berlin, saluted Merkel for her support of Jewish cultural life and the integration of minorities in Germany. Merkel said the medal was an inspiration for continuing the work of integration and cooperation with the Jewish community.

CLICK HERE to read Secretary Blumenthal’s presentation speech.

CLICK HERE to read Chancellor Merkel’s accpetance speech.

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