The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (also known as the Federal Cross of Merit, or Bundesverdienstkreuz) was created in 1951 by the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany, Theodor Heuss. It is the only federal decoration of Germany, and it is awarded to individuals "for achievements that served the rebuilding of the country in the fields of political, socio-economic and intellectual activity, and is intended to mean an award of all those whose work contributes to the peaceful rise of the Federal Republic of Germany".
Reproductions and Permissions
We welcome fair use of this content. Please credit the Leo Baeck Institute in your citation. For usage policies and to request higher resolution images, see Reproductions and Permissions.
Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany awarded to Leo Baeck, Leo Baeck Institute, 2012.011.