Margot Friedländer Award

Since 2014, the Margot Friedländer Award has called on young people from Germany to engage with issues pertaining to the Holocaust – its witnessing, experiencing and lines of historical continuity – through interactive projects. The aim of the award is to support young people in standing up against today’s forms of anti-Semitism, racism, antiziganism and exclusion for a pluralistic migration society.

Named after the contemporary witness and Holocaust survivor Margot Friedländer, the award keeps the memory of the crimes of National Socialism alive for younger generations. The Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe contributes prize money and educational support for innovative project ideas.

“What is this award for? It is not for a success in sports or a good essay that you have written. It is rather a recognition of something infinitely important – for your human commitment. Speak your mind! Be vigilant! Be human!”

Margot Friedländer

2021 Awardees

“Traces in the Cityscape – Persecution and Expropriation of Jewish Leipzigers”, Humboldt School, Leipzig City High School

The project group is researching the history of old commercial and business buildings that were ‚Aryanised‘ and looted by the National Socialists. They are looking for information about former Jewish owners and the use by the beneficiaries until today.

“Diary of Feelings”, SBH-Südost GmbH / Halle

Pupils from four different types of schools in Leipzig have been working on the “Diary of Feelings” for around eight years. They follow the suffering of Europe’s Jewish population and record their thoughts and feelings in diaries, which they then use for teaching.

“Unforgotten Podcast”, Johann-Conrad-Schlaun Vocational College Warburg

In a podcast with 15-25 episodes, the group makes regional experiences of exclusion, discrimination, migration and minorities visible. The episodes deal with thematic backgrounds, expert interviews and personal biographies of persecuted people.

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Awardees of 2021 introduce their projects

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The award ceremony in September 2021

2021 Recognition Awards

“Remembering for the Present”, German School Medellin, Colombia

Students from the German School Medellin and the Theodor Hertzl School Medellin have prepared 7 workshops on the Holocaust and are offering them to other students and the public at full-day events.

“In meiner Tasche – In My Pocket”, Free School Kassel

The project groups (primary school) deal with the history of Jewish life in Kassel. Based on the biography “In my pocket” by Dorrith Sim, who was able to flee to Great Britain with a Kindertransport, the pupils look for traces and establish a network with a partner school in Sim’s place of exile.

2014-2020 Awardees

  • 2020: The award goes to the Freie Schule Anhalt in Köthen-Sachsen Anhalt for the project “Paths of Remembrance - Traces of Jewish Life in Köthen”.

  • 2020: The prize is awarded to the Elly-Heuss-Knapp-Realschule in Cologne for the project “Picture books against forgetting”.

  • 2020: The prize is awarded to the Gymnasium Süderelbe in Neugraben, Hamburg, for the project “Remembering the 500 imprisoned Jewish women of the concentration camp Neugraben”.

  • 2020: A recognition prize was awarded to the Kurfürst Joachim Friedrich Gymnasium Wolmirstedt in Saxony-Anhalt for the project “The Stranded Train" - Fates to be Remembered”.

  • 2019: The award goes to the project “Paths of Remembrance in the Municipality of Nohfelden” by the Stolperstein-AG of the Gemeinschaftsschule Nohfelden, Saarland.

  • 2019: The award goes to the project “Getting Stones Rolling” at the Martin Buber Schule in Giessen.

  • 2019: The exhibition project “Expulsions into exile - the first expatriation list of the National Socialists from August 1933” of the Heinrich Böll Schule Hattersheim was awarded.

  • 2018: The award goes to the app-project “Only together can we remember - encounter - respect” of the Joseph-Carlebach-Stadtteilschule from Hamburg.

  • 2018: Award goes to the research project “The Sinti in Braunschweig, yesterday, today and tomorrow” of the Nibelungen-Realschule Braunschweig, Lower Saxony.

  • 2018: The award goes to the themed issue of the students' newspaper “NEVER AGAIN! - Nie wieder!” of the secondary school "An der Mulde" in Rochlitz, Saxony.

  • 2017: The “Moving Sculptures” project by pupils of the Carl-Bosch-Oberschule Berlin was awarded a prize.

  • 2017: Award for the project “Sog nit kejnmol” by pupils of the Gottfried-Keller-Gymnasium in Berlin.

  • 2016: The “Archive-AG” project by pupils of the Hermann-Ehlers-Gymnasium in Berlin is awarded a prize.

  • 2016: Award goes to the hip hop project “Human Family” of the Georg-Büchner-Gymnasium Berlin.

  • 2016: The “Memorial to Jewish Citizens” project of the Löcknitz Primary School in Berlin is awarded a prize.

  • 2015: Award for the app-project of the State Ballet School Berlin and School of Artistry.

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