Jewish Neuberger Medal for the CEO of BVB Watzke

The Jewish community in Düsseldorf will hand Watzke the renowned non-drug award at its annual reception on November 3, a community spokesperson said Wednesday on request. The laudatory speech will be given by the Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia Hendrik Wüst (CDU).

The medal is named after former NRW Minister of Justice Josef Neuberger (1902-1977). Since 1991 it has been used to honor non-Jewish personalities or institutions who have rendered exceptional service to the Jewish community. Winners include former Chancellor Angela Merkel, former Federal President Roman Herzog and rock band Die Toten Hosen.

BVB has been engaged for years in the fight against anti-Semitism. In March, for example, the club organized a symposium on “Anti-Semitism and professional football” in Dortmund, which brought together representatives from society, politics and sport. In addition, the Bundesliga club contributed financially to the expansion of the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial.

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