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    Center for Jewish History

    15 W. 16th St.
    New York, NY 10011


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This year, LBI will present the Leo Baeck Medal for the first time to a couple who have used their positions and their expertise in diplomacy and journalism respectively to make lasting contributions to the memory of German-Jewish history.

Peter Wittig served as German Ambassador to the United States from 2014–2018. Prior to this, he was German Ambassador to the United Nations in New York. He represented Germany during its tenure as a member of the UN Security Council in 2011 and 2012. Since joining the German Foreign Service in 1982, he has served at the Embassy in Madrid, as private secretary to the Foreign Minister, and as Ambassador in Lebanon and in Cyprus. Before starting his career in the German Foreign Service, Wittig studied history, political science, and law at Bonn, Freiburg, Canterbury, and Oxford universities.

Huberta von Voss-Wittig is a German journalist, publicist, and book author. After studying political science and history, she worked as a political correspondent for daily newspapers. She was a member of the German Federal Press Conference and spokeswoman for the President of the German Bundestag, Rita Süssmuth. Von Voss-Wittig later served as an advisor on history, international politics, and human rights for the German Bundestag.

Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court Stephen G. Breyer will introduce the Wittigs.

Please note that this event has been rescheduled from the originally announced date of December 4, 2018.