The award ceremony, which was originally planned for December 13, 2020, Heine’s 223rd birthday, had to be postponed to 2021 due to the corona pandemic. The date of the award has now been set: Mayor Stephan Keller will present Rachel Salamander with the award on Sunday, August 29th. The ceremony takes place in the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus with invited guests.
The Heine Prize is one of the most important literary and personality prizes in Germany and has been awarded since 1972; it is endowed with 50,000 euros. The Heine Prize is awarded by the jury appointed by the City of Düsseldorf Council “to personalities who, through their intellectual work in the sense of the basic human rights, for which Heinrich Heine campaigned, promote social and political progress, or serve international understanding spread the knowledge of the togetherness of all people “.
The Heine Prize jury justified its decision in favor of Rachel Salamander as follows: “The Heine Prize of the State Capital Düsseldorf 2020 will be awarded to Rachel Salamander. The literary scholar and journalist courageously made a significant contribution to the rebuilding of Jewish intellectual life in Germany after the Second World War As an entrepreneur, she brought all the Jewish authors whose books had once been burned back into the canon of German literature with her literary dealings. In newspapers and magazines, she discussed the meaning of literature in a publicly effective manner and stood for Heinrich Heine International understanding and against anti-Semitism. “
Information on Rachel Salamender’s vita is available at https://www.duesseldorf.de/medienportal/pressedienst-einzelansicht/pld/heine-preis-2020-fuer-rachel-salamander.html