Young Jury

The Young Jury is a committee that has been advising the Margot Friedländer Award since 2018. Every year, it makes a recommendation for the most award-worthy and particularly youth-oriented projects to Margot Friedländer and the jury she appoints. It is made up of up to 12 alumni of the award and other committed young people between the ages of 16 and 20.

The Young Jury 2022

Applications for becoming part of the Young Jury 2022 are closed. We will inform you about the new members and their activities as soon as possible.

Gardinia and Nicolas together with Margot Friedländer at the award ceremony 2021 © Stefanie Loos / Schwarzkopf-Stiftung Junges Europa

The Young Jury 2020/21

The training seminar of the Young Jury 2020/21 took place from December 3 to 6, 2020. Due to the Corona pandemic, the whole program was adapted to the digital space. In a diverse programme, twelve motivated young people from all over Germany prepared the selection of the best projects.

The participants discussed the short film „Mazel Tov Cocktail“ with director Arkadij Khaet and screenwriter Merle Teresa Kirchhoff after a screening. They also took part in a workshop with the memorial and educational site Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz and spoke with author Ronen Steinke about Jewish realities and anti-Semitic terror in Germany. The Young Ambassadors Against Antisemitism network also introdcued itself.

Eight promising projects were recommended to Margot Friedländer and the jury.

Members of 2020/21

  • Stella

    “I got so much inspiration and great ideas from these four days that I would love to travel back in time a few years. Back to my school days and set up my own project on the topic of anti-Semitism to take part in the Margot Friedländer Award and also to contribute to improving the situation of Jews in Germany today by educating the young generation and not making the same mistakes as many other generations.”
  • Gardinia

    “It was a great honour to be able to participate in the Jury of 2020/21. Not only did we experience great and exciting projects but we also had the chance to build our own network with the participants.”
  • Elif

    “I am incredibly grateful to be part of the Young Jury of the Margot Friedländer Award. The projects we got to know do make a significant difference for society. All the projects are inspiring and encouraging: at their innermost core, they address the Holocaust and reach young people through sustainable and practical projects.”
  • Anouk

    “I didn't expect to be a bit sad when the project is over. I very much hope to meet everyone in person, ideally at the award ceremony!”
  • Jessica

    “We have learnt a lot, achieved a lot and gained an incredible amount of inspiration to keep going and make a difference in the world. The weekend was incredibly fun and I look forward to seeing who wins the award!”
  • Johanna

    Quote by Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world - in fact, it's the only way the world has ever been changed.”
  • Milena

    “I am very happy to be part of the Young Jury 2021. It's great how much interest there is in the award and how people participate despite Covid-19. We read innovative and moving project applications over the weekend, from which we have made a good shortlist for Margot Friedländer & her jury.“
  • Nicolas

    “The Young Jury seminar programme gave me a new perspective, especially on current anti-Semitism. What was challenging about the jury process itself was selecting the best projects from a large pool of great ideas. I think that as a group this experience, the sometimes hard work for a common goal, gave us a lot of strength for the future.”

The Young Jury 2019/20

The training seminar took place in Berlin from November 14 to 17, 2019. The programme included a visit to the extracurricular learning site “7xJung“, a workshop on Berlin’s remembrance landscape and intensive discussions about the submitted project ideas.

Members of the jury were:

  • Ruby, Hessen
  • Erik, Baden-Württemberg
  • Fabiola, Bayern
  • Hagen, NRW
  • Sandhya, Hessen
  • Karla, Thüringen
  • Mona, NRW
  • Elisabeth, Hessen
  • Romy, NRW

The Young Jury 2018/19

The training seminar took place from November 22 to 25, 2018. During a panel discussion, representatives of the Leo Baeck Institute, the memorial and educational site Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz and Gegen Vergessen e. V. spoke about anti-Semitism in the present. In addition to a study day on the topic of continuity lines of anti-Semitism at the Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz, the young people were introduced to jury work and visited the Fraenkelufer Synagogue. In several sessions, they then decided on a dozen projects which they recommended to the award’s jury.

The members of the jury were:

  • Tuğrulhan, NRW
  • Hagen, NRW
  • Mona, NRW
  • Janika, Berlin
  • Linda, NRW
  • Simeon-Joel, Baden-Württemberg
  • Samuel, Baden-Württemberg
  • Julia, NRW,
  • Milad, Niedersachsen
  • Angelina Ludowika, Niedersachsen
  • Bosse, Niedersachsen
  • Noah, NRW

“I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving young people the chance to gain an insight into jury work and also to deal with the issues of anti-Semitism, racism and exclusion. We have been able to work perfectly together as a team of twelve, but also in small groups. This has enabled us to evaluate the projects quite well. I hope you can set up another project like this for young adults in the coming years.”
— Simeon-Joel Brunner, Kornwestheim

“Like the others, I personally feel that I have learned and taken away a lot as part of the young jury. The programme was really diverse and stimulating and especially the support and guidance was so great that you always felt comfortable, appreciated and taken care of.”

Janika Raisch, Berlin, Projekt "Zweitzeugen”