Buber-Rosenzweig Medal © Mathias Ernert
The 2022 Buber-Rosenzweig Medal will go to Eintracht Frankfurt President Peter Fischer and to Maccabi Germany, Germany’s only Jewish gymnastics and sports federation. They are honored for their commitment against anti-Semitism and racism.
This was announced by the German Coordinating Council of the Societies for Christian-Jewish Cooperation in Bad Nauheim on Thursday. The award ceremony is to take place on 6. March 2022 to open the "Week of Fraternity" in Osnabruck, which will be held under the motto "Fair Play – Every Person Counts".
For humanity and respect in sports
Fischer (65) has "made a name for himself with his clear stance against the right, against anti-Semitism and racism in sports as well as in society," the coordinating council said. As a sports official, he has become a role model for many. "Peter Fischer stands up in an impressive way for humanity and respect in sports and beyond," it said. He was also partly responsible for the intensive reappraisal of the Nazi history of Frankfurt’s Eintracht soccer club.
Raising awareness of anti-Semitism in sport in the long term
Maccabi, it said, is particularly committed to seeing sports as a bridge between people – regardless of their religion, origin or skin color. The umbrella organization and its local clubs bring Jewish and non-Jewish athletes together "and thus create a platform for getting to know different cultures and lifestyles," the coordinating council said. Maccabi wants to make Jewish life visible in its diversity and to sensitize sport in the long term to anti-Semitism.