Awarding of the Obermayer Award to Horst Moog

Horst Moog was awarded the German Jewish History Award of the Obermayer Foundation in 2018 for his decades-long commitment to coming to terms with Jewish history in Hamm an der Sieg, in particular the expulsion and displacement of Jews from their hometown and from the memory of the remaining population.

As a four-year-old, Horst Moog saw the synagogue go up in flames holding his mother’s hand. In the 1970s he began to research, publish and organize exhibitions in his spare time, some of which met bitter resistance, including anonymous death threats. Horst Moog also took care of the Jewish cemetery for years and he made contact with former Jews based in Hamm who came to visit from Israel and the USA. Their descendants had nominated him for the award of the American foundation, which recognizes the commitment of German individuals or groups who have made voluntary contributions to the preservation of Jewish history. The prize is awarded every year at the end of January in the Berlin House of Representatives.

Left: Horst Moog at the award ceremony in the Berlin House of Representatives

Right: Horst Moog (2nd from the right) at the press conference next to Margot Friedländer (3rd from the right), who was honored for her longtime commitment as a contemporary witness in 2018.

Photos: Daniela Tobias

Timeline Rosbach/Sieg

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