Recipients of the Leo Baeck Medal

  • 2014—Prof. Ismar Schorsch, Chancellor Emeritus of Jewish Theological Seminary, President Emeritus of Leo Baeck Institute. Medal Awarded by Dr. Ronald B. Sobel, President of Leo Baeck Institute, and Mr. Robert S. Rifkind, Trustee of Leo Baeck Institute.
  • 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