German-Turkish friendship award
The German-Turkish Friendship Prize is a prize that has been awarded in various categories by the Munich German-Turkish Friendship Federation since 2001 . The aim is to improve German-Turkish friendships .
The award sculpture
The award sculpture made of bronze, silver and gold was created in 2000 by the Munich artist H. Peter Irberseder and is limited to only seven casts each year. Two columns nestling against each other symbolize the two cultures. While the cross-sections of the columns - one golden, the other silver - make the difference between cultures clear, the constellation of the two columns symbolizes a harmonious and friendly atmosphere.
Well-known award winners
The prize was awarded in Solingen on May 29, 2005 , not least as a conciliatory gesture after the arson attack in 1993 . Prize winners included a. Faruk Şen , Stefan Raab and Johannes Rau , to whom the award was presented by the then chairman of the Turkish opposition, CHP Deniz Baykal . Rau was honored on the one hand for his services to foreigners in Germany and on the other hand for his general commitment to integration and tolerance. At the time of the award, his health was visibly weakened, but he still accepted the award personally and received a standing ovation for minutes for his admonishing words to the Turkish and German-born citizens.
The award ceremony met with greater interest from the Turkish media than from Germany. In 2005, the TV broadcaster TRT, for example, broadcast the event lasting several hours, in parts even live.
- List of award winners
- Award of the German-Turkish Friendship Federation for Sevim Dağdelen ( Memento from September 29, 2007 in the Internet Archive )