Gabriel Stern

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Gabriel Stern, 1982

Gabriel Stern , formerly also Gerhard Gabriel Stern (born October 27, 1913 in Attendorn ; † May 5, 1983 in Jerusalem ), was a Jewish writer and journalist.


Gerhard Gabriel Stern was born in 1913 in Attendorn, the son of Henriette and Hermann Stern. His parents owned the Lenneberg department store, which was known far beyond Attendorn . Gabriel Stern attended elementary school and then high school in Attendorn, where he passed his Abitur on March 14, 1933 with distinction. Before the Second World War he was the last German with a Jewish faith to pass the school leaving examination in Attendorn. He gave up his original plan to study philosophy in Freiburg because of the National Socialist admission laws. In 1933 he fled the Nazi regime to Holland , where he worked as a farmer. In 1936 he emigrated from there to Jerusalem, where he studied Jewish Studies , Arabic and Islamic Studies , but could not obtain a degree. From 1940 to 1949 he worked as an editor for a journal for Jewish-Arab understanding. From 1947 to 1949 he also served in the Jewish self-protection. From 1949 he worked full-time as a journalist, from 1951 as a capital correspondent. In 1973 the city of Jerusalem awarded him the press award. In 1979, at the invitation of the Foreign Office, he was on a lecture tour in Germany for 14 days. He also visited Attendorn. In 1981 he was awarded the Association of Civil Rights Honorary Award for his services to human rights. In 1982 he attended the world meeting of the International Council of Christians and Jews . Gabriel Stern died of a heart attack.


Gabriel Stern is one of the founding fathers of Israel alongside Martin Buber . He always campaigned for understanding between Jews, Christians and Muslims. In 1981 he received the Emil Grünzweig Human Rights Prize for his services in the field of human rights . The city of Attendorn has also named a street after him.


At the beginning of 2014 a biography of Gabriel Stern was published, written by Hartmut Hosenfeld from Attendorn.


  • Peter Bürger : Sauerland messengers of peace: peace workers, anti-fascists and martyrs of the Sauerland region of Cologne . First volume. Books on Demand , 2016. (Chapter XVII.)

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  1. Jewish life in Attendorn during the Nazi era. City of Attendorn, Attendorn, accessed on June 18, 2011 .
  2. Attendorn stories: Over 100 participants in the "Peace Path of Religions". (No longer available online.) FreyMedia, Attendorn, archived from the original on November 6, 2010 ; Retrieved June 18, 2011 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. Gabriel, an unknown star from Attendorn on the side of the Olpe district