Recipients of the Leo Baeck Medal

  • 2014—His Excellency Joachim Gauck, President of the Federal Republic of Germany. Medal Awarded by Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, Global Head of Government Relations, Allianz SE.
  • 2013 – Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat, Special Representative of the President and Secretary of State on Holocaust-Era Issues. Medal awarded by The Honorable W. Michael Blumenthal.
  • 2012 – Ms. Margarethe von Trotta, Film Director.  Medal awarded by German Ambassador Peter Ammon.
  • 2011 – Mr. Anselm Kiefer, Artist.  Medal awarded by Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle.
  • 2010 – Maestro Kurt Masur, Music Director Emeritus, the New York Philharmonic.  Medal awarded by Maestro Alan Gilbert
  • 2010 – Her Excellency Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany.  Medal awarded by W. Michael Blumenthal
  • 2009 – The Honorable Joschka Fischer, German Federal Foreign Minister. Medal awarded by James D. Wolfensohn & Dr. Henry Kissinger
  • 2008 – Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, Director of Government Affairs, Allianz SE, Munich, Former German Ambassador to the US and UK. Medal awarded by James D. Wolfensohn & Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke.
  • 2007 – Dr. Mathias Döpfner, Chief Executive Officer of Axel Springer AG. Medal awarded by Dr. Henry Kissinger.
  • 2006 – Mr. James D. Wolfensohn, Chairman of Citigroup’s International Advisory Board, Former President of the World Bank. Medal awarded by Bundespräsident Dr. Horst Köhler.
  • 2005 – Dr. Otto Schily, German Federal Minister of the Interior. Medal awarded by Dr. Henry Kissinger
  • 2004 – Dr. Fritz Stern, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, Columbia University. Medal awarded byJoschka Fischer.
  • 2003 – Mr. Daniel Libeskind, Architect, Jewish Museum Berlin. Medal awarded by W. Michael Blumenthal.
  • 2002 – Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Psychosexual Therapist, Author
  • 2001 – Dr. Johannes Rau, President of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • 2000 – Mr. Edgar Bronfman, President, World Jewish Congress, Chairman, Seagram Company, Ltd.
  • 1999 – Dr. W. Michael Blumenthal, President and CEO of the Jewish Museum, Berlin.  Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
  • 1998 – Dr. George L. Mosse, Professor, University of Wisconsin and Hebrew University in Israel
  • 1997 – Dr. Helmut Sonnenfeldt, Guest Scholar at Brookings Institution, Washington, DC.  Senior Staff Member of the National Security Council
  • 1996 – Mr. Ernst Cramer, Senior Editorial Writer for Springer Publications, Former Chairman of the Board of Axel Springer Foundation
  • 1995 – Mr. Fred Grubel, LBI Secretary and Vice President (1969-1995)
  • 1980 – Mr. Fred W. Lessing, Chairman of the Board of LBI, Treasurer (1960-1990)
  • 1979 – Mr. Axel Springer, Axel Springer Verlag, Berlin