Gruppenfoto Preisverleihung 2019

The Margot Friedländer Award


“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 for something infinitely important, for your human commitment. Speak your mind! Be vigilant! Be human!”
~ Margot Friedländer


Since 2014, the Margot Friedländer Award has called on young people to engage with the Holocaust, its witnessing, transmission and historical continuity lines in interactive projects. The aim is to support young people in standing up against today’s forms of antisemitism, racism, antiziganism and exclusion and 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 in younger generations. The Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe contributes to this with prize money and educational support for innovative project ideas.

⇒ The next call for proposals will start in July 2021! Please note that the Margot-Friedländer-Award is an award that requires German skills. More details on the conditions of participation and all other information can be found here in German.

The Margot Friedländer Award of 2020

  • Project: “Ways of remembrance” – traces of Jewish life in Köthen, Freie Schule Anhalt, Köthen, Saxony-Anhalt
  • Project: Picture books against forgetting: biographies of concentration camp survivors for children and young people, Elly-Heuss-Knapp-Realschule, Cologne, North Rhine Westphalia
  • Project: Remembering the 500 Jewish female inmates of the Neugraben concentration camp, Gymnasium Süderelbe, Neugraben, Hamburg
  • In addition, one more project was awarded a recognition award in 2020: Project: “The stranded train” – fates we need to remember, Kurfürst-Joachim-Friedrich-Gymnasium Wolmirstedt, Wolmirstedt, Saxony-Anhalt

The Highlights of the Digital Margot Friedländer Award Ceremony 2020:

Angela Merkel’s greeting for the 2020 Margot Friedländer Award Ceremony:  

Awardees and Projects

Call for application for 2020!

Who can apply and with what kind of project? In June, the Margot Friedlander Award is open for entries from across Germany. Here you will find all the information you need about the Award soon.

Award ceremony & Seminar

On May 13th 2019, we celebrated the Margot Friedländer Award 2019 together with Margot Friedländer, two schools from Hessen and one from Saarland.

Margot Friedländer

Margot Friedländer survived the Holocaust, and she regularly visits schools across Germany to speak about her life and to help young people to encourage their civic engagement.

Young Jury

Young people between the ages of 16 and 24 meet for a training seminar in Berlin and select projects from all applications that they consider particularly worthy to be awarded.

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