Status: 07/03/2022 3:42 p.m.
Civic Courage Award: The initiative “Grandmas Against Right” and the sports club Tennis Borussia Berlin have been awarded the Paul Spiegel Prize for their commitment to the fight against anti-Semitism and tolerance.
The “Grandmas Against the Right” initiative and the football club Tennis Borussia Berlin received the Paul Spiegel Prize from the Central Council of Jews in Germany in Berlin. The two laureates were honored for their commitment against right-wing extremism and anti-Semitism.
The current winner for 2022 is Tennis Borussia Berlin. ‘Granny Against Right’ was awarded in 2020. However, the award ceremony was made up for in Berlin today as it was not possible in the meantime due to the corona pandemic.
Many guests in Berlin: The Central Council of Jews presented the prize for the fight against right-wing extremism.
Campaign for Tolerance and Human Dignity
The group “Grandmas Against Right” was founded on Facebook in 2018. It considers itself a non-partisan group of older women. According to the website, she is committed to preserving parliamentary democracy and opposes “threatening developments such as anti-Semitism, racism, misogyny and fascism.” The Central Council recognized his campaigns for tolerance and human dignity.
Longstanding commitment against homophobia
According to the Central Council, Tennis Borussia Berlin receives the Paul Spiegel Prize for its longstanding commitment against homophobia, racism, right-wing extremism and anti-Semitism. According to the club, the Active Fans department founded the “Football Fans Against Homophobia” initiative, which promotes greater tolerance towards gays and lesbians internationally in football stadiums and in the media.
Schuster: “Need a brave company”
“We need a courageous civil society that takes a stand and does not allow itself to be influenced by its democratic convictions,” said the president of the Central Council of Jews, Josef Schuster, during the ceremony.
“We need a courageous civil society that takes a stand”: the president of the Central Council of Jews, Josef Schuster, during the ceremony.
At the same time, Schuster pointed out that the fight against anti-Semitism, racism and right-wing radicalism has become more difficult due to the upheavals of recent years. “The corona pandemic has led to radicalization within our society,” he said, according to the Central Council. Everyone who campaigned against it felt it.
“Gratitude and Admiration”
The founder of Germany’s “Omas gegen Rechts”, Anna Ohnweiler, said she accepted the award with “gratitude and admiration”. The award is so valuable to the initiative “because it shows us that we are noticed,” she added. Tennis-Borussia board member Tobias Schulze said in his speech at the awards ceremony that football clubs and associations could make it easier for themselves in the fight against right-wing radicalism and racism. His club decided otherwise. Those who remain silent on hatred and discrimination give extremists “space”.
The award is named after former Central Council President Paul Spiegel (1937-2006). The prize for civil courage has been awarded by the Central Council since 2009. The prize is endowed with 5,000 euros.