Germany awards Jewish leader Order of Merit

Charlotte Knobloch, the outgoing president of Germany’s Central Council of Jews, was awarded the German Order of Merit on Tuesday, the country’s only state decoration.

Knobloch, 78, spent the war years in hiding with a Catholic family. She planned to leave Germany after war, but instead stayed and played an integral role in rebuilding the country’s Jewish community.

“We are honouring a woman who all of Germany can be proud of,” said President Christian Wulff at the award ceremony.


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