This year, the Leon Zelman Prize for Dialogue and Understanding has been awarded to cultural mediator Hannah Landsmann. Landsmann, “through her many years of extensive mediation work, makes a significant contribution to raising public awareness when it comes to Jewish culture,” so goes the jury’s assessment.
Hannah Landsmann has managed the Communication and Mediation department at the Jewish Museum Vienna since the year 2000. In this role, she “makes Jewish life in Vienna in all its facets as well as its significant history for Vienna tangible for all generations of visitors aged 4 to 99 from Austria and abroad. As a doyenne of mediation work in Jewish museums, she has established numerous different educational formats and, in particular, done pioneering work in the context of Holocaust education in cooperation with schools,” the jury continues.
The prize will be presented to Hannah Landsmann in September at Vienna City Hall.
For ten years now, the Leon Zelman Prize has been awarded to people or initiatives that are actively committed to commemorating the Shoah in the spirit of Leon Zelman (1928-2007), long-time director of the Jewish Welcome Service. But the prize also honors special civil society efforts, action against antisemitism, racism, and xenophobia, as well as educational and youth work including projects that promote intercultural dialogue. The prize is endowed with 5,000 euros and donated by the City of Vienna.
Source: APA (OTS)
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