6 Germans awarded for preserving Jewish history

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A German couple who started a charity to reconnect their town with Jewish families who fled during the Holocaust is among five recipients of an annual Jewish history award.

The Obermayer German Jewish History Awards recognize non-Jewish Germans' efforts to keep alive their nation's Jewish cultural past.

Jews outside of Germany nominate the recipients each year. Others to receive awards Tuesday include a man who created a museum of Jewish history in a site formerly occupied by a synagogue and another who researched and documented dozens of Jewish cemeteries.

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Albert Gregg - 2/1/2009

WHY? March 2000
Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, leader of Chabad-Lubavitch.
“The difference between a Jewish and a non-Jewish person stems from the common expression: ‘Let us differentiate.’ Thus, we do not have a case of profound change in which a person is merely on a superior level. Rather, we have case of ‘let us differentiate’ between totally different species. This is what needs to be said about the body: the body of a Jewish person is of a totally different quality from the body of (members) of all nations of the world… A non-Jew’s entire reality is only vanity. The entire creation (of a non-Jew) exists only for the sake of the Jews.”