The Jewish community in Düsseldorf honors the managing director of Borussia Dortmund, Hans-Joachim Watzke (63), with the Josef Neuberger medal. Watzke received the award for his commitment and that of his association against anti-Semitism, the North Rhine-Westphalian State Chancellery announced on Monday in Düsseldorf.
The award ceremony will take place on Thursday at 7.30 p.m. in the Düsseldorf synagogue. Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU) will hold the laudatory speech.
The undoped prize, which has been awarded since 1991, honors personalities and institutions who have rendered outstanding service to the promotion of Jewish life, the culture of remembrance of National Socialist crimes and other important questions and topics relating to the Jewish community and Judaism.
The medal is named after the NRW Justice Minister Josef Neuberger (1902-1977), who worked on the board of directors of the Central Council of Jews in Germany.
The winners include the former Federal Presidents Johannes Rau and Roman Herzog, the former WDR director Fritz Pleitgen, the chairman of the World Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, and the former Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU). kna