Year of celebration: Voices

Many important individuals have voiced their thoughts on 1700 years of Jewish life in Germany. Here is a collection of their reflections and hopes in connection with this Year of Celebration and the future of Jewish life in Germany as well as the fight against antisemitism.


Josef Schuster
Josef Schuster
“With all of the great projects planned, this Year of Celebration can play a part in making Jewish life as part of German society a matter of course. Jews are at home here and …
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Angela Merkel am Rednerpult vor Europaflaggen
Dr. Angela Merkel
“Jewish citizens of Germany have contributed much to German society over the centuries and helped shape it. In 2021, we are celebrating 1700 years of Jewish life …
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Beauftragter der Bundesregierung für jüdisches Leben Felix Klein
Dr. Felix Klein
“The 2021 Year of Celebration affords us the unique opportunity of getting to know Jewish life in all its variety through a series of different events. To me it is of great …
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Deutscher Außenminister Heiko Maas vor Flaggen
Heiko Maas
“I hope that the rich and diverse Jewish culture will become even more tangible than it already across all of German society. In this 1700 Years of Jewish Life in Germany …
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Armin Laschet Ministerpräsident des Landes NRW
Armin Laschet
“Jewish life is part of Germany – and has been for 1700 years. May this Year of Celebration help German society to stand up for peaceful coexistence and …
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Kölner Oberbürgermeisterin Henriette Reker
Henriette Reker
“The 1700 Years of Jewish Life in Germany Year of Celebration starts right here in Cologne and will celebrated across Germany. Cologne stands for openness and …
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